Soleil couchant en Irlande,1982

by Andre Brasilier

P.O.A.

DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 21.14 x 28.62 ins

SIGNATURE: Signed lower right

MEDIUM: Oil on canvas

Catalogue No: 4239 Categories: , ,

André Brasilier’s Soleil Couchant en Irelande transports the viewer into a tranquil landscape bathed by the warm hues of an Irish sunset. From a young age, Brasilier has admired and loved horses, attracted by their ‘life, their dynamism’ and they have remained a key motif in his oeuvre. Although in this piece the horses are standing still, they are by no means lifeless; Brasilier’s soft brushwork cleverly evokes the cool wind which blows softly through their tails.

Brasilier draws inspiration from nature, in particular its language, sounds and colours. This scene reminds us of nature’s incredible beauty; a remote part of the world that remains untouched by daily trivialities and events. His love of Japanese prints and art can also be seen in this painting, reflected in the choice of colours and in the application of paint. Brasilier has used the Japanese art of sumi-e, whereby the artist physically moves around the canvas using long brushes to create a light, sweeping touch of paint, in order to depict the shimmering landscape. This painterly technique combined with the Japanese colour palette of black, white, pink and blue brings the scene to life.

Private Collection, Japan

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Xavier de Coulanges, Andre Brasilier; Catalogue Raisonne 1982 – 2002, Lousanne, Acatos, 2002, vol. 1, P.26 No 1982/51

André Brasilier was born into an artistic family in Saumur, France in 1929. Possessing a natural inclination for painting at an early age, he went to Paris to study at the École de Beaux-Arts when he was twenty years old. In 1952 Brasilier received a grant from the Florence Blumenthal Foundation. The following year when he was only 23, Brasilier won the Premier Grand Prix de Rome which entitled him to study at the Académie de France in Rome. He lived at the Villa de Medicis from 1954 to 1957. He also received the Prix Charles-Morellet at the Salon de la Jeune Peinture in 1961 and the Prix de Villeneuve-sur-Lot in 1962.
While Brasilier’s works reflect the influences of expressionist artists and Japanese prints, he has retained a personal style of schematized nature and imagery that makes him anomaly in the contemporary zeitgeist. His subdued paintings often feature themes and motifs of horses, nature, music and women, provocative in their timelessness and emotional subjectivity. One of Brasilier’s main subjects included his wife, the muse he has loved his entire life and that he depicts as his constant source of inspiration.
Brasilier’s paintings depict a peaceful, comfortable world, free from care, in a very simple, stylish manner, with delicate harmonies bathed in accommodating sunlight.
Brasilier had his first retrospective of one hundred artworks from 1950-1980 at the Château de Chenonceau in 1980 and a retrospective exhibition at the Musée Picasso-Château Grimaldi in Antibes, the French Riviera, in 1988. He has since been honoured with major retrospectives both at Russia’s renowned State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg in 2005 and at the Museum Haus Ludwig für Kunstausstellungen Saarlois in Germany in 2007.

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