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300.00 € 
(Foreign countries : without V.A.T – Without frame)
Size (cm)
30x40 cm

Biographie de BOURRIE André

Andre Bourrie, the distinguished maritime and landscape artist, is one of France's foremost contemporary masters. Bearing the distinction of official Painter for the French Navy, he has received innumerable awards, such as the Gold Medal of the prestigious "Salon de la Marine" and the Gold Medal of the "Salon des Artistes Francais".

Born in Montpellier, France in 1936, Andre Bourrie was abandoned by his parents at an early age. His father deserted the family in 1941, and his mother followed suit in 1945. He lived alone until a woodcutter uncle, finding the child "sullen and unsociable", placed him in an orphanage.

The harsh period was critical in Bourrie's coming of age and possibly the most important influence in his becoming an artist. During this time, he developed an affinity for his immediate surroundings -- in his words, "listening to a place and a moment in time." These intuitive characteristics are reflected in his paintings.

As a young boy without parental security and guidance, he found solace and joy in colors, light, textures, and forms. It is not a coincidence that he became a self-taught artist with such a melancholic start in life. As an adolescent, he worked as a ceramist. Though he abandoned this first job after a kind philanthropist offered to provide him with an education, it taught him the management of colors.

After completing his formal education, he sought a job which would call for more artistic initiative and found one as a decorative painter, a meticulous and respected artistic profession. The latter immersed him in a new world of artists and creations, and allowed him to join stimulating group discussions among artist and participate in a lively sharing of ideas and styles. For years he lived outdoors, traveling and exploring the harbors, seaside and beaches; homes, monuments and cities which are all subjects of his art today. He devoted his leisure time to drawing and painting "for himself". Once ready, he decided to present his paintings in shows.

Andre Bourrie applied strong clear - sightedness and unwavering personal will to attain his dreams of becoming an artist. By 1973, after twenty years of his place of employment and his workload was lightened, but still he did not make an escape from financial security -- not even after he had been presented the silver medal of the Solon des Artistes Francais. Indeed he waited until 1979-- 43 years--to free himself from the constraints of full -time employment. The wait was worthwhile.

Today, Andre Bourrie is renowned for his magnificent paintings of the French countryside and seaside. His original oil paintings are represented in the United States and Europe and have been exhibited extensively in Paris as well as New York, Chicago, Beverly Hills, Palm Beach, London, Tokyo, Osaka, and other major cities. His work has also been acquired for the permanent collections of La Ville de Versailles and Le Musee Corot de Ville d’ Avray.


Andre Bourrie’s open edition prints are published by Rinehart Fine Arts, a member of the Bentley Publishing Group of Walnut Creek, California and sold worldwide.