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Canal a Soissons

Canal a Soissons, 1964 by Bernard Buffet is an original etching on Arches paper. This print is signed on the the lower left corner  with the phrase “Bon a Tirer” written adjacent to the signature. Published by ‘Editions Lacouriere Galerie David et Garnier’ and printed by ‘Atelier Lacouriere et Frelaut’. Rheims 46.

Bernard Buffet was a French Expressionist painter. Best known for his representational work, Buffet’s paintings are often figurative, graphic, and central in their compositions. A bold rejecter of abstract art altogether, Buffet was a member of the anti-abstraction group L’homme Témoin, or the Witness-Man, which passionately argued for the importance of representational art at a time when abstraction began to dominate the critical conversation. Canal a Soissons is an example of how rather than creating abstract works, Buffet sought after a realistic representation of life in his landscapes.

His oeuvre revolved around ideas of art history, death, sexuality, popular culture, and politics while often directly referencing contemporary events and artists.

Title

Canal a Soissons

Medium

Etching

Year

1964

Edition

BAT

Catalogue Raisonné

Rheims 46

Signature

Signed

Size 22 x 30 (in)
57 x 76 (cm)
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Canal a Soissons, 1964 by Bernard Buffet is an original etching on Arches paper. This print is signed on the the lower left corner  with the phrase “Bon a Tirer” written adjacent to the signature. Published by ‘Editions Lacouriere Galerie David et Garnier’ and printed by ‘Atelier Lacouriere et Frelaut’. Rheims 46.

Bernard Buffet was a French Expressionist painter. Best known for his representational work, Buffet’s paintings are often figurative, graphic, and central in their compositions. A bold rejecter of abstract art altogether, Buffet was a member of the anti-abstraction group L’homme Témoin, or the Witness-Man, which passionately argued for the importance of representational art at a time when abstraction began to dominate the critical conversation. Canal a Soissons is an example of how rather than creating abstract works, Buffet sought after a realistic representation of life in his landscapes.

His oeuvre revolved around ideas of art history, death, sexuality, popular culture, and politics while often directly referencing contemporary events and artists.

Buffet was born in Paris in 1928 and grew up during the Nazi occupation, enduring the war and years of deprivation, and the experience inspired much of the glum imagery in his work. He excelled in painting and drawing, winning prestigious prizes and attracting attention with a signature style recognizable by thick, angular black lines that outlined his somber themes.

Beginning in 1949, Buffet held annual exhibitions, first in February at the Galerie Drouant-David, then as of 1957 at the Galerie David and Garnier, and finally at Galerie Maurice Garnier. A total of 52 Theme Exhibitions have taken place since 1952. His Hanged Men and Horror of War series, which feature angular, emotionless figures and images of sheer brutality, are examples of his subjects and representative of his classification as a “Miserablist de Gruber and Francois Rouault” (Expressionist movement). Buffet’s work and style brought him notoriety among his contemporaries, and in 1950 he began showing in New York.

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Title

Canal a Soissons

Medium

Etching

Year

1964

Edition

BAT

Catalogue Raisonné

Rheims 46

Signature

Signed

Size 22 x 30 (in)
57 x 76 (cm)
Price Price on Request