'The Pyramids of Giza' by Yves Brayer (1966)
'The Pyramids of Giza', watercolour and pencil on art paper, by Yves Brayer (1966). The artist explored and painted the world during his extensive travels after the war. He spent time in Italy, Spain, Russia, Turkey, Japan, Mexico, the United States and Egypt, among others. There are several documented paintings from Egypt created in 1966. Here, the artist depicts the famous Pyramids in Giza, on the outskirts of Cairo. Built in the early 26th century BC the pyramid is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the only one to remain largely intact. It is no wonder Brayer chose to paint such a monument. The work is in good overall condition. There are some words in pencil written by the artist still lightly visible through the watercolour. They add interest to the painting while at the same time not detracting from the artwork. Brayer signed the work in the lower left hand. The piece is newly framed and glazed with anti-reflective glass. Upon request a video may be provided.
About the Artist: Yves Brayer (1907-1990) was born in Versailles, France. Determined to be an artist from an early age, he set out for Paris in 1924, initially studying at the academies in Montparnasse, and from there he attended the École des Beaux-Arts. Whilst still a student he exhibited at the Salon d’Automne and the Salon des Indépendants, and in 1927 Brayer left Paris for Spain with the aid of a state grant to enable him to study the works of the Spanish Masters in the Prado.
On his return to Paris in 1934 he exhibited a collection of paintings inspired by his travels in Europe and Morocco to great acclaim. Having moved south to Cordes in the Tarn region of France after the War, Brayer then discovered the area which was to have the greatest artistic influence on his work: Provence. He was enchanted by the diverse and architectural forms of the Alpilles mountains, and by the vast expanse of the Camargue region with its ubiquitous white horses and black bulls. From then on he spent several months each year working in Provence. He also made several trips to Mexico, Egypt, Iran, Greece, Russia, USA and Japan where he was quick to grasp the unique rhythm and light of each country.
A large collection of Yves Brayer’s paintings are on permanent display both at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Cordes, in the Salle Yves Brayer and at the Musée Yves Brayer in Les Baux de Provence, as well as various museums in France and elsewhere. Yves Brayer died in 1990.
Dimensions with frame:
H 27.5 cm / 10.8"
W 33.5 cm / 13.2"
Dimensions without frame:
H 15.5 cm / 6.1"
W 22 cm / 8.7"