At a very early age he began to exhibit at the Salon d’Automne and the Salon des independants.
In 1927 aged just 20 he got a financial support as a young emerging painter from the french government to visit Spain, he will be strongly influenced by the masters of the Prado museum in Madrid.
Three years later in 1930 he was awarded a French scholarship ‘Grand prix de Rome’ in 1930, this famous award allowed him to stay in Rome for a further 3 years.
He comes back to Paris in 1934 and starts to exhibit at the “Galerie Charpentier” faubourg St Honoré which is now the headquarters of Sotheby’s.
Living in Paris, he continued to paint as well as set designer for the famous Théâtre Français and the Opera de Paris.
He became a professor at the academy of the Grand Chaumière, Paris for 50 years, president of the Salon d’Automne for 5 years and curator at the Musee Marmottan for 11 years.
2 museums have been made for him and his paintings:
Museum of Cordes du Ciel and
Museum of Baux de Provence openned in 1991.
Yves Brayer was an important painter of the French landscape and is widely known and loved as a scholar of fine art as well as a fine painter.
Many of his paintings are hosted in famous French and International collections and International museums.