4 Porcelet Mansion - Yves Brayer Museum

MUSEE YVES BRAYER (1907 - 1990)
The museum contains a retrospective look at the works of Yves Brayer. It is an outstanding collection because of the quality and rarity of the one hundred or more works covering almost sixty years of the artist's career. Beside Provençal landscapes hang paintings inspired by Spain and Italy. They focus on the main subjects dear to the heart of Yves Brayer, one of the most representative painters of contemporary figuration.
 
As with other fellow painters of the inter-war years, Yves Brayer devoted a large part of his work to making a record of the then everyday life. While recognizing the pictorial tendencies of late 19th century and early 20th painting, some painters preferred follow the path led by Vuillard and Bonnard, as did the "Réalité Poétique" group, or the path of admirers of Courbet's work, such as the "Forces Nouvelles" movement. Although Brayer was always independent, he was on friendly terms with such painters such as Francis Gruber, founder of "Nouveau Réalisme", the New French Realism of the 50s made famous by Bernard Buffet.
Yves Brayer was born in Versailles in 1907. Upon his arrival in Paris in 1924, he set out for the academies in Montparnasse and, from there, for the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. While he is still a student, his works are displayed at the "Salon d'Automne" and the "Salon des Indépendant". In 1927, Yves Brayer is awarded a state grant and he leaves for Spain. After a stay in Morocco supported by a prize created by Maréchal Lyautey, he is awarded the Grand Prix de Rome in 1930. At first nostalgic of Spain, Yves Brayer is then deeply engaged by the richness of Italian life in the early 1930s.
Back in Paris in 1934, he assembles his work for an exhibition at the Galerie Charpentier, faubourg Saint-Honoré, where the public audience discovers the authenticity, the powerful and the original character, of this 27-year-old painter.
 
The year 1945 marks a turning point in his career. In Provence, he is truck by the architectural harmony of the country side.  Soon, he decides to spend several months in Provence every year. Strongly attracted to Mediterranean landscapes, Brayer returns to work in Spain and Italy, but Provence and Camargue remain his favorite places until the end of his life.
During his various trip to Mexico, Egypt, Iran, Greece, Russia, the United States and Japan, he is quick to seize the rhythms and lights of these countries, which he renders in numerous drawings and watercolors.
Yves Brayer's work is represented in various museums and numerous collections both in France and abroad. In September 1991, the muse Yves Brayer is inaugurated in les Baux-de-Provence.
Opening hours :
April to September, open every day from 10.00 am to 12.30 pm and 2.00 pm to 6.30 pm
October to December and March, open every day except Tuesday, from 11.00 am to 12.30 pm and 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm.
Annual closure January and February
Admission Fees
Adults : 5 € per person
Groups : 3 € per person
 
Tel  33 (0)4 90 54 36 99
Fax 33 (0)1 46 33 41 18    
More information: www.yvesbrayer.com

Porcelet Mansion

This fine late 16th century mansion has an original façade and elegant, finely carved room decorated with 17th century paintings depicting the Four Seasons and the alergies of the Four Cardinal Virtues (Fortitude, Prudence, Temperance and Wisdom). On the first floor, one room has kept its French-style ceiling decorated with floral motifs in shimmering colours.  In a medallion on the fireplace, a fresco depicts a mythologiel scene: the Fall of Phaeton struck doxn by Zeus.

Yves Brayer Museum

The museum contains a retrospective look at the works of Yves Brayer. It is an outstanding collection because of the quality and rarity of the one hundred or more works covering almost sixty years of the artist's career. Beside Provençal landscapes hang paintings inspired by Spain and Italy. They focus on the main subjects dear to the heart of Yves Brayer, one of the most representative painters of contemporary figuration.

Yves Brayer was born in Versailles in 1907. Upon his arrival in Paris in 1924, he set out for the academies in Montparnasse and, from there, for the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. While he is still a student, his works are displayed at the "Salon d'Automne" and the "Salon des Indépendant". In 1927, Yves Brayer is awarded a state grant and he leaves for Spain. After a stay in Morocco supported by a prize created by Maréchal Lyautey, he is awarded the Grand Prix de Rome in 1930. At first nostalgic of Spain, Yves Brayer is then deeply engaged by the richness of Italian life in the early 1930s.

The year 1945 marks a turning point in his career. In Provence, he is truck by the architectural harmony of the country side.  Soon, he decides to spend several months in Provence every year. Strongly attracted to Mediterranean landscapes, Brayer returns to work in Spain and Italy, but Provence and Camargue remain his favorite places until the end of his life.
During his various trip to Mexico, Egypt, Iran, Greece, Russia, the United States and Japan, he is quick to seize the rhythms and lights of these countries, which he renders in numerous drawings and watercolors.
In September 1991, the Yves Brayer Museum is inaugurated in les Baux-de-Provence.
 

Exhibition → Henri CARTIER-BRESSON “The Mind's Eye
From 5th June to 28th September 2017

The Brayer museum is hosting an exhibition entitled "The Mind's Eye" consisting of 54 iconic photographs taken by the "Eye of the Century" who stated that, "For me, photography means aligning head, eye and heart. It is a way of life."
The exhibition is being organised jointly with the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson and Magnum Photos.

 

Opening hours

April to September, open every day from 10.00 am to 12.30 pm and 2.00 pm to 6.30 pm
October to December and March, open every day except Tuesday, from 11.00 am to 12.30 pm and 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm.

Annual closure → January and February

 

Admission Fees

Adults → 8€ per person, Groups → 4€ per person, under 18 years → free
 

Information

Tel  +33 (0)4 90 54 36 99
Fax +33 (0)1 46 33 41 18

www.yvesbrayer.com