Lot 87

Bernard BUFFET (1928-1999)
"Still Life in Blue Jug"
Oil on framed isorel panel.
Signed upper left and dated 84 on the back.
Work accompanied by the certificate of authenticity of Maurice Garnier from the Galerie Maurice Garnier (6, Avenue Matignon, Paris France).
Sight dimensions: H: 33; W: 41 cm
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Bernard Buffet discovers around 1944 Permeke, Ensor and Gruber, the initiator of "miserabilism". In 1946, he exhibits, for the first time, at the Salon des moins de trente ans, a Self-Portrait. The following year, he was admitted to the Indépendants and the Salon d'Automne. His canvases (Still Life, 1948, Lille Museum) are already distinguished by the rigidity of the lines, the austerity of the cold tones and the feeling of space. In 1948, supported by collectors, including Doctor Girardin, he was awarded the Prix de la Critique and a contract for the gal. Drouant-David. In 1949, he exhibited still lifes and, in 1950, was consecrated by an exhibition in New York. He leaves Paris for Provence, where he settles in Manosque. He quickly became famous and his works will mark his generation. He also practiced engraving, illustrating Cocteau's Voix humaine, Maldoror's Chants de Maldoror, de Lautréamont (1952) and La Passion (1955). In 1962, he decorated the chapel of Château-l'Arc in Rousset (Bouches-du-Rhône). He is also indebted to him for theatre sets and costumes for the Chamber, by Georges Simenon, for various ballets by Roland Petit, for Le Rendez-vous manqué, by Françoise Sagan, Patron, by Marcel Aymé, Carmen, by Bizet (at the Opéra de Marseille). The best of his work was between 1948 and 1950. He is represented in Paris (M. N. A. M. and M. A. M. of the City of Paris), at the Musée de Grenoble, at the M. A. M. de Villeneuve-d'Ascq and in Japan (Surugadaira).
Extract "Dictionary of Painting".