Maurice Brianchon was born in 1899 in France. He studied art at the École des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. His artistic talent earned him a strong enough reputation at the young age of 23 to be appointed to the committee of the Salon d’Automne. Also around this time he won the Prix Blumenthal, a prestigious grant that allowed him to study in Spain. He took a particular interest in Diego Velásquez.
In 1927, Maurice Brianchon had his first solo exhibition which led to more showings of his work in the important salons. He exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 1934. In 1939, he won the Carnegie Prize. By the 1950s, Brianchon had received international acclaim and his work was exhibited in a retrospective at the Palais du Louvre in 1951.
Maurice Brianchon was part of an artist group known as ‘Les Peintres de la Réalite Poétique’. Their work is described as poetic reality. His style was inspired by the work of Édouard Vuillard, Pierre Bonnard, Henri Matisse and Manet. Brianchon is probably best known for his figurative paintings, but he also painted landscapes, racing scenes and still lifes.
Post WWII, Maurice Brianchon received several public commissions. His paintings are part of the state collections, including La Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. Brianchon was also the official artist for the Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation in 1952.