Bernard Buffet, ‘Ayez Pitié (Have Mercy), by Charles Sorlier’, 1961, Phillips

Image: 20 x 20 in. (50.8 x 50.8 cm)
Sheet: 30 x 22 in. (76.2 x 55.9 cm)

Signed and dedicated 'Pour Fernand' in pencil (a proof aside from the edition of 450 and some artist's proofs, there was also a poster edition of 1,000 with text), published by Fernand Mourlot, Paris, unframed.

Charles Sorlier 304

Atelier Mourlot Collection and Archive, Paris (inkstamp on the reverse and accompanying certificate #7191)
Private Collection

About Bernard Buffet

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 remains relatively unknown.

French, 1928-1999, Paris, France, based in Paris, France