Bernard Buffet, ‘Deux toréadors (Two Bullfighters), from Album Toréros’, 1966, Phillips

Image: 27 1/2 x 19 3/4 in. (69.9 x 50.2 cm)
Sheet: 29 3/8 x 21 1/4 in. (74.6 x 54 cm)

Signed and numbered VIII/XXX in pencil (one of 30 variants of the purple and yellow costume; there was another edition of 30 in yellow and blue and 150 in blue and green), published by Fernand Mourlot, Paris, unframed.

Charles Sorlier 96

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