An early talented drawer, Marthe Brilman knew as early as age 6 that she would become a painter. At age 11 her work is exhibited with that of her cousin, recipient of the Rome Prize! Unsurprisingly, she becomes a student of the famous school of the Beaux-Arts, where she studies from 1958 to 1962.
Katia Granoff, a famous art dealer, writer and poet who revived Monet’s famous White Water Lilies, owner of several art galleries featured Marthe Brilman’s work permanently in all of them from 1972 to 1990. She sold her paintings to art collectors worldwide and discusses her in her memoirs. Since then, Marthe Brilman exhibits her work from time to time and sells it in her Mézy sur Seine and Paris art studios.
In addition to the seascapes and landscapes from all around the world, she paints still-lives among which some are oversized, which gives the genre a modern twist. Her technique is very unique. She paints with a filling knife but leaves no relief on the canvas. Here is how Katia Granoff and art critics define her unique style.
Katia Granoff, in her book Mémoires – Chemin de ronde writes: “How to define the indefinable, to suggest shapes in fleeting light? How to escape from contingencies to create an enchanted world? Ask Marthe Brilman (…) her harmonies of faded shades are not limited black lines, and yet these shapes are self-sufficient and define themselves in space.
Regardless of the subject matter, she turns it into a song, which penetrates the soul and exhilarates it deliciously.In his book Les signes du temps et l’art moderne René Huyghe of the Académie française writes: “The abandoned barge. This pattern of the useless, abandoned barge, appears like a leitmotiv in multiple pieces devoted to the evocation of loneliness… The abandoned barge floats on a water mirror which only reflects an empty sky.”