André Brasilier at the Boat Races

May 7, 2015


André Brasilier, a distinguished French landscape painter with a languid, lyrical style, has staying power–his career has spanned six decades. Natural beauty abounds in his pastoral scenes rendered almost abstract and surreal. Notes French critic Bernard de Montgolfier: “One could say that Brasilier has a very personal way of being non-figurative within figuration.” Or, in the artist’s own words, he distills nature: “I always try to give the quintessence of a subject, to say a great deal with a little, like Japanese artists who focus on asceticism and simplicity.” Los Angeles Modern Auctions is pleased to offer the painting Les Régates (The Regatta or The Boat Races) at the May 17 Modern Art & Design Auction.


Lot 145, Andre Brasilier, Les Regates, 1970

Lot 145, André Brasilier, Les Régates, 1970
May 17, 2015 Modern Art & Design Auction

Brasilier was born to painters in the Loire Valley region of France in 1929. He studied art at the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris, and was a success early on. For example, he was awarded the Prix Florence-Blumenthal in 1952, and the Grand Prix de Rome in 1953, for which he spent the following three years living at the Villa di Medici as an artist in residence with a stipend, a privilege extended by the French Academy to prizewinners until 1968. He also received the Prix Charles-Morellet at the Salon de la Jeune Peinture in 1961.

Over the years Brasilier has had numerous exhibitions all over the world: throughout France, and in Germany, Switzerland, Japan, England, Mexico, Canada, and the United States. Notably, one hundred of his paintings were shown in a retrospective at the State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia, in 2005.

André Brasilier. New York: Findlay Galleries, 1968. Print.
Harambourg, Lydia. André Brasilier. Paris: Éditions Cercle D’Art, 2008. Print.
André Brasilier. Web. <>.

Lot Information:

Lot 145
André Brasilier
Les Régates
Oil on canvas
Signed lower center canvas; signed verso
Canvas (vis.): 20.75″ x 28.25″; Frame: 21.5″ x 29″
Together with copy of letter from the artist dated June 26, 1970
Provenance: Galerie de Paris, Paris, France;
Private Collection, Los Angeles, California (acquired directly from the above, June 15, 1970);
Thence by descent
Estimate: $9,000 – $12,000


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