Bernard Buffet, ‘L’Enfer – tête (Hell's Head), from L’Enfer de Dante (Dante's Inferno)’, 1977, Phillips

Image: 25 1/2 x 19 1/2 in. (64.8 x 49.5 cm)
Sheet: 29 5/8 x 22 1/2 in. (75.2 x 57.2 cm)

Signed and dedicated 'Pour Madeliene Lacouriére affectueusement' in pencil, unframed.

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