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Le Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre

Le Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, 1968 by Bernard Buffet is an original etching on Rives BFK paper. This print is signed in the lower right and numbered in the lower left. Printed by Atelier Lacouriere et Frelaut. Rheims 63.

Buffet’s style changed little between his early work in series such as ‘The Horrors of War’ (1955) and later paintings such as Sumo Rikishi (1980-1). By the 1950s success had transformed this archetype of the Left Bank existentialist into a world-famous artist-celebrity who travelled by Rolls-Royce and holidayed at his chateau in Provence. Innovations in contemporary art were leaving Buffet behind. During the 1950s and 1960s, as Abstract Expressionism and Minimalism purged representation from the canvas, Buffet’s continued repertoire of expressionist clowns, bullfighters, cityscapes and flagellated Christs were left open to accusations of quaintness, even kitsch. Nevertheless, in Japan, where two museums are dedicated to his work, he remained a giant, and his work is in the collections of both the Tate and the Pompidou Centre.

Le Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre is defined by “dry” straight lines revealing the shape of buildings. Buffet’s buildings in this print depict elongated structures that depict loneliness and despair. He exhibits Paris in a 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.

Title

Le Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre

Medium

Etching

Year

1968

Edition

100

Catalogue Raisonné

Rheims 63

Signature

Signed, numbered

Size 30 x 22 (in)
76 x 56 (cm)
Price Price on Request
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Le Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, 1968 by Bernard Buffet is an original etching on Rives BFK paper. This print is signed in the lower right and numbered in the lower left. Printed by Atelier Lacouriere et Frelaut. Rheims 63.

Buffet’s style changed little between his early work in series such as ‘The Horrors of War’ (1955) and later paintings such as Sumo Rikishi (1980-1). By the 1950s success had transformed this archetype of the Left Bank existentialist into a world-famous artist-celebrity who travelled by Rolls-Royce and holidayed at his chateau in Provence. Innovations in contemporary art were leaving Buffet behind. During the 1950s and 1960s, as Abstract Expressionism and Minimalism purged representation from the canvas, Buffet’s continued repertoire of expressionist clowns, bullfighters, cityscapes and flagellated Christs were left open to accusations of quaintness, even kitsch. Nevertheless, in Japan, where two museums are dedicated to his work, he remained a giant, and his work is in the collections of both the Tate and the Pompidou Centre.

Le Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre defined by “dry” straight lines revealing the shape of buildings. Buffet’s buildings in this print depict elongated structures that depict loneliness and despair. He exhibits Paris in a 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.

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.

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Title

Le Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre

Medium

Etching

Year

1968

Edition

100

Catalogue Raisonné

Rheims 63

Signature

Signed, numbered

Size 30 x 22 (in)
76 x 56 (cm)
Price Price on Request