Bernard Buffet, ‘Carmen’, 1967, Phillips

Image: 39 1/4 x 26 1/4 in. (99.7 x 66.7 cm)
Sheet: 41 x 28 in. (104.1 x 71.1 cm)

Signed and dated in pencil (a proof of the variant with a yellow veil, hot yellow robe and pink fan; there were five color variants, each an edition of 50 and 25 artist's proofs), published by Fernand Mourlot, Paris, unframed.

Charles Sorlier 122

Atelier Mourlot Collection and Archive, Paris (inkstamp on the reverse and accompanying certificate #7190)
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