Bernard Buffet, ‘Vanité au crânes (Vanitas)’, 1985, Phillips

Image: 19 5/8 x 25 5/8 in. (49.8 x 65.1 cm)
Sheet: 22 3/4 x 29 3/4 in. (57.8 x 75.6 cm)

Signed and annotated 'E.A.' in pencil (an artist's proof), published by Editions Mourlot, Paris, unframed.

Atelier Mourlot Collection and Archive, Paris (inkstamp on the reverse and accompanying certificate #7205)
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