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Bernard Buffet

"A painting must be analysed but sensed."


Notes of biography

Born in Paris, Bernard Buffet was barely 16 when he enrolled in an art class in a municipal program. He went on to attend Beaux-Arts for two years. Then he started working on his own, independent of any movement or trend. He first showed some of his work with other artists in 1946, which was followed by his participating to various events, Salon dAutomne, Artistes Indpendants, Peintres Tmoins de leur Temps. He quickly caught the publics attention.
Bernard Buffet held his first personal show in Paris in 1947. Together with Lorjou, his elder who gave him encouragement and support, with Rebeyrolle, Minaux, and several others, he founded the group LHomme Tmoin, which would be short-lived.
That was a time when his work took on substance and his popularity shot up. The media started noticing him and he became a public figure. Besides being represented in the main international art shows, Bernard Buffet had personal exhibits in the art capitals of the world. He became the artist of the second half of the 20th century (in 1974, Connaissance des Arts did a survey which showed Buffet as the publics choice as painter of the post-world war period). In his inimitable style, Buffet takes possession of his subjects. Everyone, connoisseurs as well as the general public, instantly recognizes a Buffet, either in his paintings or his drawings. This certainly explains the measure of his success. In spite of the popular recognition, however, Bernard Buffet never managed to fully convince all of his fellow painters. Who is to say?
Bernard Buffet died in Tourtour on October 4, 1999.

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To read about the artist :
  • Bernard Buffet 1943-1961 , Y. Le Pichon, Maurice Garnier, 1961
  • Bernard Buffet, rtrospective , Muse de la poste, 1978
  • Bernard Buffet 1962-1981 , Y. Le Pichon, Maurice Garnier, 1981
  • Bernard Buffet , A. Avila, Casterman, 1989
  • Bernard Buffet, Collectif, cat d'expo, La Haye, Ed. Waanders Publishers, 2006
  • Bernard Buffet et la Bretagne, Lydia Harambourg, Ed. Palantines, 2006
  • Bernard Buffet, Henry Prier, Cat d'expo, Marseille, Ed. Indigene,2009
  • Bernard Buffet. Les annes 1950. Ent. avec P. Berg頻, J. Coignard, Ed. Mazenod, 2016
  • Bernard Buffet, Rtrospective, cat d'expo, M.A.M., Ed. Paris Muses, 2016
  • Bernard Buffet, Intimement, Yann le Pichon, cat d'expo, Ed. Somogy, 2016
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Art movements

+ SOCIAL REALISM / 1920-1950 / Andr Fougeron, Otto Griebel, Amde de la Patellire, etc.
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Beyond works currently in stock, it seemed to me useful to combine business with pleasure by letting you discover others works by artists in my gallery. These artworks, now sold or removed from our website, have been in our stock in the past.

These pages will undoubtedly make it possible for some of you to associate an image with its title or the other way round, for others it will be a good time to discover more on such and such artist. For the sake of confidentiality – the pieces being no longer available – we won't display neither their numbering or their price. For whatever reason, make sure to visit this amazing art database with to date 6441 online works just for your pleasure! Michelle Champetier

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