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Bernard Buffet – Flower Bouquet

Bernard Buffet, Flower Bouquet is an original colored lithograph. This print is signed and annotated “Bon a Tirer” on the lower right margin of the work.

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.

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; Flower Bouquet being apart of the popular interior scenes he constructed.

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

Flower Bouquet

Medium

Lithograph

Year

c. 1979

Edition

BAT

Catalogue Raisonné

NA

Signature

Signed

Size 25.75 x 19 (in)
65.5 x 48 (cm)
Price Price on Request
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Bernard Buffet, Flower Bouquet is an original colored lithograph. This print is signed and annotated “Bon a Tirer” on the lower right margin of the work.

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.

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; Flower Bouquet being apart of the popular interior scenes he constructed.

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.

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

Flower Bouquet

Medium

Lithograph

Year

c. 1979

Edition

BAT

Catalogue Raisonné

NA

Signature

Signed

Size 25.75 x 19 (in)
65.5 x 48 (cm)
Price Price on Request