Bernard Buffet, ‘Bateau de pêche’, 1981, HELENE BAILLY GALLERY

Copy of the certificate of authenticity issued by Mrs Ida Garnier and Mrs Céline Lévy dated September 14th, 2017.

Signature: Signed upper left : Bernard Buffet and dated upper right : 1981. Titled on the back : Bateau de pêche

Acquired by the former owner from the Maurice Garnier Gallery in 1981.

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