Bernard Buffet, ‘Le chrysanthème du Japon’, 1966, Skinner

Plate 15 from Herbier, 1966, total Edition of 230 (Sorlier, 81).
Image Size: 14.25 x 11.25 in. (36.2 x 28.5 cm), framed.

Signature: Signed "Bernard Buffet" in pencil l.r., numbered "VI/XXX" in pencil l.l., descriptive page from the portfolio adhered to the backing.

Publisher: (Sorlier, 81)

A Massachusetts estate

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