Bernard Buffet  (French, 1928-1999) 

Bernard Buffet (French, 1928–1999) was a painter well-known for his Expressionist works. Buffet was a member of L'Homme Témoin [the Witness-Man], an Anti-Abstract Art Group. Buffet was born in Paris, France, and he attended the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts. Around the same time, Buffet also worked at the studio of Eugène Narbonne (French, 1885–1966). As a struggling young artist, Buffet was supported by a French picture and art dealer while he was working on different works, portraits, still lifes, religious pieces, and landscapes.

The artist’s first painting was exhibited in 1946 at the Galerie Beaux-Arts in Paris, France. After that, Buffet held at least one exhibition in each of the subsequent years. The French magazine Connaissance des arts named him number one in a list of the 10 best Post-War artists. The first retrospective of Buffet's work was held in 1958 at the Galerie Charpentier in Paris. In 1973, the Bernard Buffet Museum was inaugurated in the artist’s honor in Surugadaira, Japan. Five years later, in 1978, Buffet was commissioned by the French government to design a stamp depicting the Institut et le Pont des Arts. Examples of his paintings include Tête de Veau (1954), Bouquet (1965), and Still Life (1991).

Buffet participated in numerous exhibitions in different places, including solo exhibitions at The French Institute, Berlin, Germany, in 1959; the Postal Museum, Paris, France, in 1978; and the Odakyu Museum, Tokyo, Japan, in 1995. Apart from solo exhibitions, the artist also took part in numerous group exhibitions, including those at the Salon des Independants, Paris, France, in 1947, and at the Salon d'Automne, Paris, France, in 1948. Major retrospectives of his works have been held at institutions including Galerie Charpentier, Paris, France, in 1958; the Museum of Modem Art, Tokyo, Japan, in 1963; and Seedamm Cultural Center, Zurich, Switzerland, in 1983. Buffet received numerous awards for his works, including Member of the Salon d'Automne in 1947, co-recipient of the Prix de la Critique with Bernard Lorjou (French, 1908–1986) in 1948, and Officer of the Légion d'Honneur in 1973. His works are held in different public collections, such as the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, the National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo, and Ca la Ghironda, in Bologna, Italy. Toward the end of his career, Buffet was unable to work because he was suffering from Parkinson's disease. Buffet committed suicide in 1999 in Tourtour, France.

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Bernard Buffet, Two Circus Performers


Bernard Buffet
Two Circus Performers
Bernard Buffet, The Lion Tamer (Le Dompteur)


Bernard Buffet
The Lion Tamer (Le Dompteur)
Bernard Buffet, Bouquet de fleurs


Bernard Buffet
Bouquet de fleurs

Auction: Apr 28, 2014
Bukowskis Stockholm
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Bernard Buffet, Green butterfly


Bernard Buffet
Green butterfly
Auction: Apr 24, 2014
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Bernard Buffet, 兩個小丑( 薩克斯風) (Deux clowns, saxophone)


Bernard Buffet
兩個小丑( 薩克斯風) (Deux clowns, saxophone)

Auction: Apr 26, 2014
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Bernard Buffet, Rolls-Royce grise, 1986


Bernard Buffet
Rolls-Royce grise, 1986

Auction: Apr 23, 2014
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Bernard Buffet, L'eglise de Beaulon


Bernard Buffet
L'eglise de Beaulon

Auction: Apr 26, 2014
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Bernard Buffet, Paravent (4 works)


Bernard Buffet
Paravent (4 works)
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Bernard Buffet, Anémones


Bernard Buffet

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Bernard Buffet, Clown


Bernard Buffet
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Bernard Buffet, Le clown pointu


Bernard Buffet
Le clown pointu
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Bernard Buffet, Les deux acrobates


Bernard Buffet
Les deux acrobates


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1928   Born in Paris, France
1939   Entered the Lycée Carnot, Paris, France
1943   Expelled from the Lycée Carnot. Started attending an evening class in drawing.
1943   Entered at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, France
1945   Left the École des Beaux-Arts and travelled to Brittany with his mother
1947   Met the writer Pierre Descargues, who became one of his earliest and most ardent supporters, writing the catalogue preface for his first one-man show in 1947
1948   Emmanuel David offered Buffet an exclusive contract with his gallery, shared with art dealer Maurice Garnier
Recipient, Prix de la Critique (Critic's Prize) from the Paris art critics, Paris, France
1955   Elected the most important post-war artist by the art magazine Connaissance des Arts
1958   The New York Times magazine ranked him one of France's Fabulous Young Five alongside such contemporaries as Yves Saint-Laurent
1971   Appointed Knight of the Honorary Legion, France
1973   Bernard-Buffet-Museum is opened in Surugadaira, Japan by the collector Kiichiro Okan
1974   Elected to the Académie des Beaux Arts, Paris, France
1999   Died in Tour, France
2010 - 2011   Bernard Buffet et la Provence, Musée Bernard Buffet, Surugadaira, Japan (solo)
2010   Bernard Buffet : Huiles et aquarelles, Galerie DIL, Paris, France (solo)
Bernard Buffet, Galerie Pascale Froessel, Strasbourg, France (solo)
2009   Bernard Buffet, Centre de la Vieille Charité, Marseille (solo)
2007   Auktion 24, Lehr, Auktionshaus und Galerie, Berlin, Germany
2006   Rétrospective, Gemeentemuseum den haag, La Haye, The Netherlands (solo)
La force de l'art - Superdefense, Galeries naitonales du Grand Palais, Paris, France
2005   Tauchfahrten, Zeichnung als Reportage, Kunsthalle Dusseldorf, Dusseldorf, Germany
1996   Musée des Beaux-arts de Kaoshiung, Taiwan (solo)
1995   The Odakyu Museum, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
1994   Documents Halle, Kassel, Germany (solo)
1993   Gustave Courbet Museum, Ornans, France (solo)
1991   Pouchkine Museum, Moscow, Russia (solo)
Ermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia (solo)
Hyundai Museum, Seoul, South Korea (solo)
1987   The Odakyu Museum, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
1985   Refectoire des Jacobins, Toulouse, France (solo)
1983   Seedamm Cultural Center, Zurich, Switzerland (solo)
1978   The Postal Museum, Paris, France (solo)
1977   Gemeentmuseum, Wieger Deurne, The Netherlands (solo)
1969   Unterlinden Museum, Colmar, France (solo)
1963   The Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
1959   The French Institute, Berlin, Germany (solo)
1958   Retrospective, Galerie Charpentier, Paris, France (solo)
1957   Galerie David and Garnier, Paris, France (solo)
1948   Salon d'Automne, Paris, France
Jeune Peinture Exhibition, Galerie Drouant-David, Paris, France
1947   Salon des Independants, Paris, France
Art Impressions book shop, Paris, France (solo)
  Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, CA
National Gallery of Victoria, Australia
Tate Gallery, London, UK