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He returned to Paris in 1934 and assembled his work for an exhibition at the Galerie Charpentier, which is where the public first discovered the powerful and original character of his work. He stayed in Paris for a few years, moving to Cordes sur Ciel in 1940, where a Museum of his work was opened in the Town Hall in 1960. From 1945 he worked regularly in Provence and the Camargue region, coming under the influence of Cézanne’s concept of landscape. His palette now became lighter as he sought to translate in oils and watercolours the light and poetry of the places around him. This painting depicts the Camargue horses with their riders in uniform playing a game on the beach, whilst being watched by walkers. These horses were specially bred in the region to help look after the bulls which were raised in the sand dunes. Brayer travelled extensively to many countries, including Mexico, Egypt, Iran, Greece, Russia, America and Japan, often trying to capture the colours and light of each country.
He held many one man shows all over Europe and there was a retrospective of his Italian work in the Musée Fabre in Montpelier in 1972. There have also been a number of posthumous retrospectives including at the Musée Marmottan in Paris (Homage to Yves Brayer) in 1993 as well as shows in Bergerac and Menton. He was elected to the Académie des Beaux-Arts in 1957 and was also president of the Salon d’Automne for five years. Brayer’s work can be found in Museums throughout France, including Aix-en-Provence, Épinal, Montpellier and Paris.
|Height||97.00 cm||(38.19 inches)|
|Width||130.00 cm||(51.18 inches)|