Bernard Buffet  (French, 1928-1999) 

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Bernard Buffet Biography
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
Selected Exhibitions
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)
Selected Public Collections
  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