Pierre Marie Brisson: biography of a contemporary French artist and painter

Pierre Marie Brisson – a unique individual, accomplished artist, lover of life and the arts – is above all a man who has a unique view of the world. Whether he is working in his studio or on the deck of his boat, this French contemporary artist’s most charismatic aspect is the modest elegance with which he captures the most animalistic elements of his subjects, reflecting them in his work, while evoking the celestial and terrestrial, the imaginary and historical, the sky and earth.

The early life of Pierre Marie Brisson: French contemporary artist and painter

The origins of a style

The contemporary French artist and painter Pierre Marie Brisson was born on June 11, 1955 in the French city of Orléans, which is classified as a Ville d’Art et d’Histoire (City of Art and History).

A child with raw talent and a prolific imagination

As a child, he was fond of archaeology and prehistory, he dreamt of ancient Rome and the Mediterranean. He immersed himself in these ancient worlds and fed his imagination by visiting museums and reading books. His unique artistic style took shape as his self-consciousness as an artist awoke within him and came to life. Pierre Marie Brisson’s artistic soul – one that strove for liberty rather than conformism – flourished at a very early age.

Clear as day: the need to create art and paint is urgent

It was no coincidence that Brisson was a headstrong child. He was the son of a metal worker and one of four children. His family taught him values such as modesty and the importance of simplicity. When he was a schoolboy he excelled in the subjects that fascinated him and abandoned those that seemed superfluous. There was no time to lose; at the age of 14 he created his first paintings. It was decided, Pierre Marie Brisson would be a painter, a contemporary French artist.

The first taste of fame

The first exhibition

In 1975, the twenty-year-old Brisson decided to stray from the academic path, declining to study the fine arts. Instead he undertook various jobs to earn a living, allowing him to organize his first exhibit at the Musée Charles Peguy in Orléans. He set up this event alone, ambitiously demonstrating his strength of character, which is captured in his paintings. A few years prior to this exhibit, he met Bernard Saby, the first true artist with whom he established a friendship. This friendship was, without a doubt, one of the elements that helped free Brisson’s artistic spirit. Motivation and determination were the cornerstones defining him, which pushed him to become what he is today.

A circle of artists

In 1975, he met Lucette Herzog, a gallery owner from Orléan who introduced him to the artistic community. He consorted with several representatives from the artistic community of contemporary French painters, including Pierre Courtin, Bram Van Velde, Coignard and several others. He had his first taste of fame and sold his first paintings during his exhibits in Paris.

In 1979, Pierre Marie Brisson, accompanied by the Herzog family, learned how to engrave at the Pasnic workshop in the 20th arrondissement of Paris. He developed his artistic technique and his paintings became more profound and expressive.

Brisson: the world is his gallery

New York

From gallery to gallery

In 1980, the fine-arts publisher Bruno Roulland purchased three of Brisson’s pieces. Pierre Marie Brisson began to pierce the Parisian gallery scene and establish a name for himself. That same year, Bruno Roulland offered to exhibit his work across the Atlantic in New York. The French contemporary artist began his international career in bounding leaps filled with discovery, emotion and success.

The French contemporary artist travels

Between 1980 and 1985, his contemporary paintings travelled the world and were exhibited in Luxembourg, England, Sweden, Switzerland, Canada, Belgium, the United States and Japan.

In 1987, the French contemporary artist had his first exhibitions at the prestigious Franklin Bowles Galleries in New York and San Francisco. The gallery owner and renowned fine art collector immediately saw this French painter’s potential. The name Pierre Marie Brisson and his paintings were being likened to those of Picasso, Calder, Miro, Chagall, Matisse and Neiman. These two men forged a strong friendship, and to this day, 30 years later, they still collaborate with one another.

The Japanese adventure

The Brisson engraving craze

Between 1990 and 1994, Pierre Marie Brisson exhibited his work in Japan. He was the guest of honor at a traveling exhibition organized by the New Vision. Over a period of one month he visited Tokyo, Osaka and Kobe, meeting an impressive number of admirers, to whom he dedicated his engravings.

Hypnotic color

This was a great, prolific and fruitful period for the French contemporary artist but this period also marked a major turning point in his work. His use of color began to dominate his canvases, becoming increasingly concentrated, intense and hypnotic.

The man and the sea

Pierre Marie Brisson and the Camargue

In 1994, Pierre Marie Brisson left Paris and moved to the south of France by the sea in order to finally be in an environment that allowed him to be in his element. He settled down in the Camargue along the Mediterranean shore. This sea was, and continues to this day, to be his zenith of inspiration - it is everything he loves and has always made him fantasize. In a not so distant future, this contemporary French artist and sailor would find himself on a boat, brimming with an unfettered feeling of freedom that would guide his artistic evolution.

The birth of a colorist

His first works were authentic and seemed to “emerge from the ground.” They resonated with the mysterious, bewitching and primitive magic that emanates from prehistoric frescoes and archaeological sites. His canvases were laden with history and emotions. Those who laid their eyes upon them felt as though they had made a discovery or had been offered a gift.

From this point forward, the French contemporary artist’s work was heavily influenced by color. His work no longer seemed to be fixed in stone – it undulated, at the whim of the sea wind. His being and his work breathed light. The sea swell caressed the hull of his trawler, resonating in the paintings he created while at sea, bringing us along on his voyage. His adventure in Japan and the Mediterranean made a definitive mark on the French painter’s technique and work, transforming Pierre Marie Brisson into a Colorist.

Natural inspirations and liberty

The farmhouse where he settled in the Camargue presented him with a panoply of lavish landscapes. This refuge was full of inspiration and freedom, which made Pierre Marie Brisson’s art evolve. He was enveloped in a new light that was warm and soft, surrounded by shifting forms that were organic and alive and he was filled with clean air and carnal emotions. It was a new impetus, a renaissance. In his daily life he was confronted with nature, the ever-fascinating Mediterranean and his developing artistic maturity. All of these elements played a pivotal role in transforming this French contemporary artist’s vision.

A French contemporary painter’s passion gains recognition

Pierre Marie Brisson – the legacy

Pierre Marie Brisson’s combined passion for the history of fine art and Western civilizations spurred him to explore new creative processes. Brisson composed works that paid tribute to the Abstract and Impressionist periods by incorporating the rhythm and geometry once used by the great masters. This French artist’s dynamic ability to capture form, gestures and moods in his brush strokes helped define him as a Contemporary Fauvist.

World-renowned talent

Great museums and anonymous collectors

The art world’s foresight about this contemporary French artist had been validated; Brisson’s art intoxicated the minds of experienced and thoughtful collectors and dealers who forcefully propelled him to international fame by eagerly reciprocating the fervor and passion with which Pierre Marie Brisson had created his work over the past 40 years.

Brisson’s work navigated across the great seas, from continent to continent, from one celebrated exhibition to another, firmly establishing his name in the world lexicon of great modern artists. Seasoned collectors, multinational corporations and museums hung this French painter’s canvases with pride. The affluent Italian businessman and art collector, Pier Luigi Loro Piana, purchased several of Brisson’s most stunning paintings. Today, works signed “Brisson” can be found decorating the walls of the haute couture Paris Groupe Cartier, Nissan in Japan and the University of San Francisco. The list of anonymous, devoted collectors and celebrities who follow this contemporary French artist was, and remains to this day, prolific.

Public collections and national museums celebrate the French contemporary artist

Public collections - including the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts at the San Francisco Fine Arts Museum, the Jewish Museum in New York and the National Library of France in Paris - celebrated Pierre Marie Brisson’s work by placing it on display for viewers to admire. Art institutions purchased Brisson’s work, allowing him to witness his name being engraved among those of his illustrious predecessors in the annals of art history.

An adventurous side: above and beyond contemporary French painting

Today, Pierre Marie Brisson sails peacefully on the waves of success. The horizon is no longer a limit as he readies his sails for Asia.
The contemporary French painter boldly unfurls the ensuing chapters of his epic saga, deciphering land and sea through the kaleidoscope of his imagination and talent…

Fair winds and following seas monsieur Brisson!

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