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Bernard Buffet, ‘Le pont de la Concorde’, 1968, Skinner

Outside of the Edition of 125 (Sorlier, 125).
Image Size: 20.5 x 17.75 in. (52.0 x 45.0 cm), framed.

Signature: Signed "Bernard Buffet" in pencil l.r., inscribed "E.A." in pencil l.l.

Publisher: (Sorlier, 125)

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