Bernard Buffet

Bernard Buffet was a French painter whose figurative paintings and prints express a sense of anxiety associated with the philosophical movement known as Existentialism. Buffet was born in Paris on July 10, 1928 and studied at the École des Beaux-Arts there between 1944 and 1945. Working under the influence of the French painter Francis Gruber, he attracted critical attention almost immediately, and in 1948 was the joint winner, together with Bernard Lorjou, of the Prix de la Critique. His paintings all follow a specific method; they are rigorous while revealing a bit of ‘freshness’. Bernard Buffet’s images escape time and its limitations. Each year, the artist took on a new theme using the same procedure of ‘schematization’: the systematic lengthening of the face, a palette of rather cold colours, shapes having the same ‘dark’ aura to them. Throughout his career Buffet favoured tragic subjects, often taken from the story of the Passion, which he depicted with angular figures and mostly sombre colours, as in Deposition from the Cross (1946, Pompidou Centre, Paris). He also frequently executed scenes representing the horrors of warfare, and in 1965 exhibited in Paris a series of paintings of flayed figures. His later works include landscape, as well as expressive narrative paintings. Buffet's success lies in his synthesis of ‘modern’ pictorial forms with traditional techniques and subject matter. His popularity was further enhanced by his ability to capture the troubled mood of French society in the post-war era. Bernard Buffet’s works are timeless, an ever-present quality running through the ensemble of the artist’s work. Buffet took his own life on October 4, 1999 in the Var region of France. An article in the French magazine Connaissance des Arts, published in February 1955 entitled: “The ten most talented artists from today’s young school of contemporary art” listed Bernard Buffet in first place. One hundred of the world’s most renowned specialists of the time had been surveyed…almost all of them placed Bernard Buffet at the top of the list. Bernard Buffet has had many solo exhibitions world-wide, including New York, Chicago, Palm Beach, Montréal, Vancouver, Tokyo, Osaka, Johannesburg, Londres, Amsterdam, Bruxelles, Berlin, Varsovie, Bâle, Zurich, Genève, Rome, Venise, Milan, Madrid. Bernard Buffet remains, without a doubt, one of the highest valued painters of the 20th century.

  • 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

  • Bernard Buffet & Auguste Rodin

    Bernard Buffet & Auguste Rodin

    Dubai

    February 11, 2014 - March 01, 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