Bernard Buffet, ‘Bouquet de zinnias dans un broc’, 1963, Heritage Auctions
Bernard Buffet, ‘Bouquet de zinnias dans un broc’, 1963, Heritage Auctions
Bernard Buffet, ‘Bouquet de zinnias dans un broc’, 1963, Heritage Auctions
Bernard Buffet, ‘Bouquet de zinnias dans un broc’, 1963, Heritage Auctions

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

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