Oil on canvas by Yves Brayer – Titled: The bulls

Original artwork by Yves Brayer – Titled: Les taureaux (The bulls)

Oil on canvas signed on lower left.

Dimension: 61 x 73 cm.

Reference: P. Mac Orlan, Mediterranean, joie de vivre of Yves Brayer ”

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Yves BRAYER (1907 – 1990) 

Yves Brayer, born November 18, 1907 in Versailles and died May 29, 1990 in Paris, He is a French painter, engraver, illustrator and decorator of theater sets.

Faithful to the tradition of figurative art, he is one of the masters of the School of Paris. Using a wide variety of techniques, he is the author of an abundant production of landscapes but also of great compositions, figures and still life’s.

Most of Yves Brayer’s childhood took place in Bourges where his father, polytechnic officer and horse rider, passed on to him the passion for horses.

A stay in the Provence with his mother makes him discover landscapes that dazzle him and are reflected in his sketches.

Impressed, his mother enrolled him at the School of Applied Arts in Bourges. While he was destined for the military career, a horse riding broke his kneecap. It was then that he definitely turned to painting.

Upon his arrival in Paris in 1924, where his father, who had become a general, was assigned to the Ministry of War, he attended the academies of Montparnasse and La Grande Chaumière, then the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris where he was appointed professor in 1926. He asserts his personality from his youth. Elders, like Jean-Louis Forain, encouraged him, and the sculptor Robert Wlérick introduced him to modeling. Still a student, he exhibited at the Salon d’Automne and the Salon des Indépendants. In 1927 a state travel grant enabled him to make his “Grand Tour” and go to Spain where the meeting with the masters of the Prado museum in Madrid will have a decisive influence on his future work. After a stay in Morocco thanks to a prize created by Marshal Lyautey, he won the Grand Prix de Rome in painting in 1930. First he regretted Spain, then he let himself be carried away by the richness of Italian life from the 1930s and the pleasures of life at the Villa Medici, then directed by the sculptor Paul Landowski.

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