Hiver bleu by André Brasilier

  • This highly expressive landscape was composed by French artist André Brasilier
  • It depicts two horses and their riders walking across a frozen landscape
  • Brasilier is famed for his mysterious canvases, especially those featuring horses like this work
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André Brasilier
b. 1929 | French

Hiver bleu
(Blue Winter)

Signed “André Brasilier” (lower right); signed and titled "Hiver bleu / André Brasilier" (en verso)
Oil on canvas

Conjuring up feelings of harmony and connection with the natural world through dynamic brushwork and pulsating color, this intriguing oil on canvas is the work of the famed French painter André Brasilier. Brasilier’s paintings contain a distinctive blend of entrancing figures and a bold yet balanced color palette, and this work, entitled Hiver bleu, embodies the mysticism and compelling visual language of his singular style.

In the foreground, two stylized horses and their riders travel along a snowy trail. Framing them, an expanse of blue representing a grove of frozen trees vibrates with intensity of color. In this painting, Brasilier converts the familiar imagery of horses and their riders into something ephemeral and dreamlike. Despite the composition’s simplicity, it is brought to life with Brasilier’s loose, emotive brushstrokes and energetic color palette that reveal his expressionist influences. Rendered with punches of pink, white and black and dwarfed against the landscape, the figures evoke a profound sense of mystery, isolation and lyricism. Horses are a frequent motif in Brasilier’s artworks. He has described them as “a superb creation... charged with symbolism, strength, dynamism and beauty,” qualities that lend themselves well to the artist’s highly emotional vision of nature.

Born to two accomplished artists, Brasilier was naturally drawn to painting, and at the age of 20, he moved to Paris to study at the École des Beaux-Arts. Brasilier has received several prestigious awards, including the 1952 Prix Florence Blumenthal and the 1953 Prix de Rome. He is also one of only two artists (the other being Pablo Picasso) honored with a retrospective at Saint Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum during their lifetime. He has exhibited works alongside legends such as Picasso, Braque, Chagall and Miro, and he is represented in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York). 

This painting is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Alexis Brasilier.

Canvas: 28 3/4" high x 39 1/2" wide
Frame: 38 3/8" high x 49 1/8" wide
Hiver bleu by André Brasilier
Maker: Brasilier, André
Period: 1919-Present
Origin: France
Type: Paintings
Depth: 2.25 Inches
Width: 49.13 Inches
Height: 38.38 Inches
Style: Modernism
Canvas Width: 39.5 Inches
Canvas Height: 28.75 Inches
Hiver bleu by André Brasilier
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