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Bernard Buffet – La Rochelle

Bernard Buffet, La Rochelle is an original etching on Rives BFK paper. This print is signed in the lower right and numbered in the lower left. Published by ‘Creuzevault’ and printed by ‘Atelier Lacouriere et Frelaut’. Rheims 6.

Buffet’s 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, though La Rochelle 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. Buffet’s style represents the split between French and Contemporary art and often carries the classification “Social Realism.”

Medium

Etching

Title

La Rochelle

Year

1954

Edition

100

Catalogue Raisonné

Rheims 6

Signature

Signed, numbered

Size 22 x 30 (in)
56 x 76 (cm)
Price Price on Request
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Bernard Buffet, La Rochelle is an original etching on Rives BFK paper. This print is signed in the lower right and numbered in the lower left. Published by ‘Creuzevault’ and printed by ‘Atelier Lacouriere et Frelaut’. Rheims 6.

Buffet’s 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, though La Rochelle 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. Buffet’s style represents the split between French and Contemporary art and often carries the classification “Social Realism.”

Bernard Buffet was born in Paris on July 10, 1928; and it was here that he spent his childhood, receiving elementary education at the École des Jésuites. Although he was expelled from the Lycee Carnot in Paris in 1939 for his irreverent attitude toward academia, his artistic talent gained him admittance to the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts (National School of the Fine Arts) in 1943 at the age of 15. Here he worked in the studio of painter Eugène Narbonne, studying approximately two years alongside fellow classmates Maurice Boitel and Louis Vuillermoz.

Late in life, Bernard Buffet was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, which eventually robbed him of his ability to work. On October 4, 1999, at age 71, he chose to end his life, committing suicide in his home in southern France by placing a plastic bag over his head and taping it shut around his neck. Six years later, his wife, Annabel, died on August 3, 2005 at age 77.

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Medium

Etching

Title

La Rochelle

Year

1954

Edition

100

Catalogue Raisonné

Rheims 6

Signature

Signed, numbered

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