Le retour du soir by André Brasilier

  • This highly expressive landscape was composed by French artist André Brasilier
  • In it, a group of horses and their riders race across the horizon
  • The artist treats his subjects with a dreamlike quality, using vibrant color and emotive brushwork
  • Brasilier is famed for his mysterious canvases, especially those featuring horses like this work
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Item No. 31-4665

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André Brasilier
b. 1929 | French

Le retour du soir
(The Return of the Evening)

Signed “André Brasilier” (lower right); signed and titled "Le retour du soir / André Brasilier" (en verso)
Oil on canvas

Combining abstract and expressionist elements with 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 unique blend of entrancing figures, balanced color harmonies and a feeling of intimate communication with the natural world, and this work, entitled Le retour du soir, encapsulates the mysticism and compelling visual language of his distinctive style.

Monumental in size, this painting envelops the viewer, welcoming them into the dreamlike scene of horses and their riders racing through the landscape. Despite the composition’s simplicity, it is filled with a dynamic sense of movement, with Brasilier’s loose, emotive brushstrokes and vibrant palette revealing his expressionist influences. Silhouetted against the horizon, the horses evoke a profound sense of mystery 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 expressive, emotional depictions 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: 38 1/4" high x 57 1/2" wide
Frame: 46 1/2" high x 65 3/4" wide
Le retour du soir by André Brasilier
Maker: Brasilier, André
Period: 1919-Present
Origin: France
Type: Paintings
Depth: 1.75 Inches
Width: 65.75 Inches
Height: 46.5 Inches
Style: Modernism
Canvas Width: 57 1/2 Inches
Canvas Height: 38 1/4 Inches
Le retour du soir by André Brasilier
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