A photocopy of a certificate of authenticity signed by Ida Garnier and Jacques Gasbarian, dated February 26, 2015, accompanies this lot.
Signature: Signed and dated lower right: Bernard Buffet / 63
Image rights: Courtesy of Heritage Auctions
Landskrona konsthall, Sweden, "Bernard Buffet," June 11-August 16, 1970 (illustrated on the invitation to the exhibition).
Collection of Sydsvenskan, Malmö, Sweden; Private European 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