Bernard BUFFET


Bernard BUFFET

Bernard Buffet was a 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.


Bernard Buffet, Clown au chapeau noir, 1961
Bernard Buffet, Deux clowns à la grosse caisse, 1989
Bernard Buffet, Environs de La Rochepot, 1973
Bernard Buffet, Fleurs, 1959
Bernard Buffet, Hotel, Café, Restaurant, 1984
Bernard Buffet, La cathédrale de Florence, 1990
Bernard Buffet, La Mouche, 1952
Bernard Buffet, La Sainte-Chapelle, 1988
Bernard Buffet, Le carrousel du Louvre, 1989
Bernard Buffet, Le Cirque, l'Ecuyère, 1966
Bernard Buffet, Nature morte au compotier, 1955
Bernard Buffet, Nu aux Perroquets, 1990
Bernard Buffet, Nu sur le lit, 1990
Bernard Buffet, Place de l'église, 1990
Bernard Buffet, Plage, 1956
Bernard Buffet, Toreador en clown, 1966
Bernard Buffet, Deux verres de vin et fruits, 1951
Bernard Buffet, Fleurs, 1959
Bernard Buffet, L’écluse, 1990
Bernard Buffet, Nature morte à la cafetière bleue, 1961
Bernard Buffet, Autoportrait 18, 1981
Bernard Buffet, Le panier de fruits, 1957
Bernard Buffet, Nature morte à la casserole rouge, 1982