Bernard Buffet
French, 1928-1999
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Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
2018
"Arts I 1887 - 1981",
BAILLY GALLERY
2017
Bernard Buffet,
Opera Gallery
2016
Bernard Buffet "L'atelier",
Opera Gallery

Embodying Jean-Paul Sartre’s Existentialism and Albert Camus’s Absurdism, Bernard Buffet’s painting conveyed the anxiety that permeated France during the Nazi occupation and came to dominate the post-war figurative art scene. A member of a group called L’Homme Témoin (The Witness) along with Bernard Lorjout and André Minaux, Buffet developed a realist style infused with social criticism, featuring a restrained palette and black outlines. He is best known for his grim “Horror of War” series and myriad streetscapes and interior scenes populated by angular, emotionless figures. Self-portraits, religious scenes, still lifes also figure among his oeuvre, which extends to lithography, engraving, and sculpture. While Buffet continued to enjoy success as a commercial artist until a debilitating illness prompted him to commit suicide, his work fell out of favor among critics in the 1960s and …

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