Brugeilles' first revelation about art was at a very young age, when he saw an exhibit of Jean Lurçat's work in France, where he lived most of his life. He began painting. When he was 17, President of France Giscard d'Estaing awarded him first prize for his region of France; the Prix du Limousin, Concours d'Affiche Nationales, Paris. This gave Brugeilles the confidence at age 17 to become an artist.
He decided to learn about art directly by going to many museums in Europe to study the masterpieces. He began by trying to reproduce some of them. He read about the painters and techniques of the 17th and 18th centuries to find the old recipes for making paint and plaster for canvasses.
Brugeilles studied naive painters, such as Rousseau, Bauchant, Crépin, Le Sage, and Séraphine, as well as frescoes and sculptures in European churches. He studied the paintings of others, like Chardin, Watteau, Boucher, Fragonard, Valentin de Boulogne, el Greco, Rembrandt, Kandinsky, and Gromaire. Chardin's work, for example, was influential in showing how to compose still life paintings.
When Brugeilles was in his twenties, he went to India, which transformed how he viewed his painting. Not only is India full of vivid color, but he was greatly inspired by seeing people living by the Hindu religion. After this trip, he began painting with a more optimistic view of life.
In France, Brugeilles taught art to adults and children. He enjoys teaching others, as he feels that art is the symbol of human energy and invigorates the human experience.
Becoming an Artist