Bernard Buffet 1928–1999
Bernard Buffet was a famous and prolific painter, lithographer, and etcher who created more than eight thousand works during his lifetime. Born in Paris, he studied at the Paris École des Beaux-Arts and worked in Eugène Narbonne’s studio before embarking on a critically acclaimed career. He held dozens of international solo exhibitions and was awarded many prestigious honors, including the first prize by the magazine Connaissance des Arts (1955), the Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur (1973), and being inducted into the Académie des Beaux-Arts (1974). A museum dedicated to his work, The Bernard Buffet Museum, was opened in 1973 Kiichiro Okano, in Surugadaira, Japan.
Buffet worked during a time when abstraction was in vogue, but he forged his own path as a representational artist, developing a unique, graphic style rendered in somber colors that is immediately recognizable. He passionately defended representational art and was an active member of the anti-abstraction group L’Homme Témoin (The Witness-Man). Buffet’s long and successful career ended in tragedy; he committed suicide at the age of seventy-one due to his struggle with Parkinson’s disease, which had left him unable to work. His legacy lives on in many notable collections around the world, including the Tate Modern, London and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
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