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Le Clocher de Sauzon

Le Clocher de Sauzon, 1962 by Bernard Buffet is an original etching printed on Arches paper. This print is signed in the lower right margin of the work and numbered edition of 75. Rheims 34.

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.

Le Clocher de Sauzon exhibits how 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.

Title

Le Clocher de Sauzon

Alt. Title

The Steeple of Sauzon

Medium

Etching

Year

1962

Edition

75

Catalogue Raisonné

Rheims 34

Signature

Signed

Size 22 x 30 (in)
56.5 x 76 (cm)
Price Price on Request
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Le Clocher de Sauzon, 1962 by Bernard Buffet is an original etching printed on Arches paper. This print is signed in the lower right margin of the work and numbered edition of 75. Rheims 34.

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.

Le Clocher de Sauzon exhibits how 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.

His oeuvre revolved around ideas of art history, death, sexuality, popular culture, and politics while often directly referencing contemporary events and artists. Buffet had an extremely prolific career, painting over 8,000 works and garnering widespread popularity and acclaim, including dozens of international exhibitions and honors such as being inducted into the Académie des Beaux-Arts in 1974. Born in Paris, France on July 10, 1928, the artist took his own life after a prolonged battle with Parkinson’s disease on October 4, 1999 in Tourtour, France at the age of 71.

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Title

Le Clocher de Sauzon

Alt. Title

The Steeple of Sauzon

Medium

Etching

Year

1962

Edition

75

Catalogue Raisonné

Rheims 34

Signature

Signed

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