Image/Sheet 21.3" x 16.3" — 54.1 x 41.5 cm.; 28" x 21" — 71.1 x 53.3 cm.
Printed by Charles Sorlier with letters: “Ch. Sorlier Grav” in the plate lower left
Published by Mourlot Editions
Note: This image appeared as a poster for the exhibition of the artist’s works in “Les Peintres Temoins de Leur Temps” held at the Musee Galeria, Paris January- February, 1968.
Signature: signed and dated 67 in the plate, signed and numbered 54/250 in pencil to margin
Private Collection, Montreal
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