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U.N.O

U.N.O, 1959 by Bernard Buffet is an original etching on Rives BFK Paper. This print is signed with pencil on the lower right area of the piece and numbered out of a limited edition of 200. Rheims 16.

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.Although frequently viewed as heavy and foreboding, there is also a level of beauty in the work of Bernard Buffet.

U.N.O depicts Buffet’s style 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.

Title

U.N.O

Medium

Etching

Year

1959

Edition

200

Catalogue Raisonné

Rheims 16

Signature

Signed

Size 22.5 x 30 (in)
57 x 76 (cm)
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U.N.O, 1959 by Bernard Buffet is an original etching on Rives BFK Paper. This print is signed with pencil on the lower right area of the piece and numbered out of a limited edition of 200. Rheims 16.

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.Although frequently viewed as heavy and foreboding, there is also a level of beauty in the work of Bernard Buffet.

U.N.O depicts Buffet’s style 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.

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

U.N.O

Medium

Etching

Year

1959

Edition

200

Catalogue Raisonné

Rheims 16

Signature

Signed

Size 22.5 x 30 (in)
57 x 76 (cm)
Price Price on Request