At the grand old age of 88, French painter Andre Brasilier maintains a zest for “spiritual adventure.”
On a perennial “quest for beauty”, he recently traveled with his wife from Paris to London for the opening of his latest exhibition at the city’s Opera Gallery.
And he’s as animated in conversation as he is with a paint brush.
The majority of the paintings in the exhibition are expressionist images of horses. Born in 1929, Brasilier grew up in Saumur in western France where he was surrounded by natural beauty and those early memories of horses have stayed with him throughout his life.
“Horses were my first models as I lived in the countryside at a Manor House with my parents,” Brasilier, who was a winner of the coveted Grand Prix de Rome at the age of 23, told CNN.
“So my first models were horses plowing the fields,” he adds, “and I was attracted to the beauty of the horse from a very young age.”
The value of Brasilier’s art has grown by 557% over the last five years, a spike mirrored by the number of his pieces sold at auction.
Although creativity is very much in the Brasilier DNA — both of his parents were artists — he was the only one of five children to pursue an artistic career.
“I was born in a family dedicated to art,” he said, adding that he knew he wanted to paint from the age of 10.
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