This work will be included in the forthcoming Andre Brasilier catalogue raisonné being prepared by Alexis Brasilier.
Executed in 2012, Cavalcade en forêt bleue explores one of Brasiliers favourite subjects, a scene of galloping horses in nature. Lines of black stallions dart through a magical winter landscape populated by thin, blue trees. Brasilier has handled the picture with an elegant, graphic style: the presence of the trees is rendered through vertical, soft lines and atmospheric dots of paint. Similarly, the horses are reduced to silhouettes, detached from the whiteness of the snow like shadows against a white wall. Although naturalistic, Cavalcade en forêt bleue seems to evoke an imaginary world populated by a sense of awe for nature and an innate fascination for the legendary figure of the horse rider. The large format of the canvas lends a dynamic, impressive impact to the work, purposefully intended by the artist. Discussing his work, Brasilier explained: A large canvas can even have an entrancing power over the person looking at it. Some subjects require grand proportions. But the choice of large format comes overall from my research into the spontaneity of gestures. When I paint, I want to feel life in my movements, as life is found in the gallop of a horse or in the undertow of the sea (Interview of André Brasilier in his workshop, www.brasilier.fr, September 2014).