Bernard BUFFET

Bernard Buffet (1928-1999) was French Expressionist painter born in Paris. Highly precocious, he was admitted at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in 1943 at the age of 15. He had his first solo show in Paris in 1947 and in 1948, at age 20, was awarded the Prix de la Critique. Best known for his representational work, Buffet's paintings are often figurative, graphic, and central in their compositions. He developed over the years a distinctive style of elongated, spiky forms, somber colors, flattened spaces and an overall mood of loneliness and despair. A bold rejecter of abstract art altogether, Buffet was a member of the anti-abstraction group L'homme Témoin, or the Witness-Man, which passionately argued for the importance of representational art at a time when abstraction began to dominate the critical conversation. His oeuvre revolved around ideas of art history, death, sexuality, popular culture, and politics while often directly referencing contemporary events and artists. During his lifetime, he garnered widespread popularity and acclaim, including dozens of international exhibitions and honors such as being inducted into the Académie des Beaux-Arts in 1974. Today, his work can be found in several public collections including the Centre Georges Pompidou, The National Museum of Modern Art in Paris, the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, the Tate Gallery, London and a museum in Japan is devoted to his oeuvre.

  • Brilliant Hues: The Power of Red and Gold

    Brilliant Hues: The Power of Red and Gold

    Singapore

    February 09, 2018 - February 25, 2018

  • Bernard Buffet / Genius Unmasked

    Bernard Buffet / Genius Unmasked

    Singapore

    July 28, 2017 - August 13, 2017

  • Bernard Buffet

    Bernard Buffet

    New York

    May 11, 2017 - June 01, 2017

  • Raoul Dufy & Bernard Buffet

    Raoul Dufy & Bernard Buffet

    Seoul

    December 08, 2016 - December 22, 2016

  • Masters of Distinction

    Masters of Distinction

    Singapore

    September 16, 2016 - October 16, 2016

  • Grand Opening Miami

    Grand Opening Miami

    Miami

    March 24, 2016 - April 10, 2016

  • Bernard Buffet

    Bernard Buffet

    London

    February 18, 2016 - March 04, 2016

  • Bernard Buffet - The Theory of Line

    Bernard Buffet - The Theory of Line

    Hong Kong

    September 11, 2015 - September 30, 2015

  • Tempo

    Tempo

    Monaco

    July 10, 2015 - July 31, 2015

  • Bernard Buffet

    Bernard Buffet

    London

    October 31, 2014 - November 30, 2014

  • Icons of Art

    Icons of Art

    Monaco

    July 17, 2014 - August 31, 2014

  • Bernard Buffet

    Bernard Buffet

    Geneva

    June 12, 2014 - June 26, 2014

  • 20th Anniversary

    20th Anniversary

    Singapore

    April 25, 2014 - May 11, 2014

  • Le Sacre du Printemps

    Le Sacre du Printemps

    Seoul

    March 28, 2013 - April 28, 2013

  • Bernard Buffet & Auguste Rodin

    Bernard Buffet & Auguste Rodin

    Hong Kong

    September 13, 2012 - October 01, 2012