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Bernard Buffet

Sainte-Marie, le petit château, Yonne, 1975

Oil on canvas
51 1/5 × 35 in
130 × 89 cm
This is a unique work.
€100,000 - 150,000
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HELENE BAILLY GALLERY
Paris
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Certificate of authenticity issued by Mr. Maurice Garnier, November 16th, 1977.

Certificate of authenticity issued by Mr. Maurice Garnier, November 16th, 1977.

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Signed top left : Bernard Buffet and dated top right : 1975. Titled on the back : Sainte-Marie ; Le petit château ; Yonne
Bernard Buffet
French, 1928–1999
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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.

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HELENE BAILLY GALLERY
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Certificate of authenticity issued by Mr. Maurice Garnier, November 16th, 1977.

Certificate of authenticity issued by Mr. Maurice Garnier, November 16th, 1977.

Medium
Painting
Signature
Signed top left : Bernard Buffet and dated top right : 1975. Titled on the back : Sainte-Marie ; Le petit château ; Yonne
Bernard Buffet
French, 1928–1999
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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.

Bernard Buffet

Sainte-Marie, le petit château, Yonne, 1975

Oil on canvas
51 1/5 × 35 in
130 × 89 cm
This is a unique work.
€100,000 - 150,000
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