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
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