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Gazelle

Gazelle, 1962 by Bernard Buffet is an original drypoint engraving. This print is an artist proof annotated “E.A.” lower left, aside from the limited edition of 75. Printed by Atelier Lacouriere et Frelaut. Rheims 36

“E.A.” stands for Epreuve d’Artiste or “Artist Proof”. Artist proofs are a small portion of printed impressions aside from the regular edition. The artists proofs are printed in a small number between 5 and 25 and can also be numbered and described in the catalogue raisonné.

The style of Bernard Buffet is defined by “dry” straight lines revealing the shape of buildings and bodies. His works show elongated, emaciated figures and structures and lend a feeling of despair and loneliness.

While Gazelle is  not necessarily considered “pretty”, the desire for a modern ideal created the need for his stark and somber images expressing intense emotion Buffet’s style focused on older, more conservative statues of art, such as drawing, while playing on the continuous popularity of Existentialism. Buffet’s figures are long, desolate, and solitary, yet at the same time empathetic; and they resonate with the public and critics alike.

Title

Gazelle

Medium

Engraving

Year

1962

Edition

EA

Catalogue Raisonné

Rheims 36

Signature

Signed

Size 30 x 22.25 (in)
76 x 56 (cm)
Price Price on Request
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Gazelle, 1962 by Bernard Buffet is an original drypoint engraving. This print is an artist proof annotated “E.A.” lower left, aside from the limited edition of 75. Printed by Atelier Lacouriere et Frelaut. Rheims 36

“E.A.” stands for Epreuve d’Artiste or “Artist Proof”. Artist proofs are a small portion of printed impressions aside from the regular edition. The artists proofs are printed in a small number between 5 and 25 and can also be numbered and described in the catalogue raisonné.

The style of Bernard Buffet is defined by “dry” straight lines revealing the shape of buildings and bodies. His works show elongated, emaciated figures and structures and lend a feeling of despair and loneliness.

While Gazelle is  not necessarily considered “pretty”, the desire for a modern ideal created the need for his stark and somber images expressing intense emotion Buffet’s style focused on older, more conservative statues of art, such as drawing, while playing on the continuous popularity of Existentialism. Buffet’s figures are long, desolate, and solitary, yet at the same time empathetic; and they resonate with the public and critics alike.

Although frequently viewed as heavy and foreboding, there is also a level of beauty in the work of Bernard Buffet. His style is defined by “dry” straight lines revealing the shape of buildings and bodies. His works show elongated, emaciated figures and structures and lend a feeling of despair and loneliness. He shows Paris itself, traditionally portrayed as lively and colorful, in a hard and lifeless manner. While predecessors like Renior and Caillebotte used rain and stippled light to give beauty to each Parisian world they depicted, Buffet shows us the grace in the city’s structure, relying on the importance of drawing, the basis of all great work. This fundamental and visually heavy approach actually shows us the underlying beauty of such a popular and visually pleasing city.

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Title

Gazelle

Medium

Engraving

Year

1962

Edition

EA

Catalogue Raisonné

Rheims 36

Signature

Signed

Size 30 x 22.25 (in)
76 x 56 (cm)
Price Price on Request