Thursday, February 19, 2015

Buffet, Bernard

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"Painting, we do not talk about it, we do not analyze it, we feel it." (Bernard Buffet)

Bernard Buffet (1928-1999) was a French painter of Expressionism and a member of the anti-abstract art group "L'homme Temoin" (the Witness-Man).

He was born in Paris, and studied at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts (National School of the Fine Arts) and worked in the studio of the painter Eugene Narbonne. Sustained by the picture-dealer Maurice Garnier, he produced religious pieces, landscapes, portraits and still-lifes. In 1946, he had his first painting shown, a self-portrait, at the Salon des Moins de Trente Ans at the Galerie Beaux-Arts. He had at least one major exhibition every year.

In 1955, he was awarded the first prize by the magazine Connaissance des arts, which named the 10 best post-war artists. In 1958, at the age of 30, the first retrospective of his work was held at the Galerie Charpentier. Pierre Berge was Buffet's live-in lover until Berge left Buffet for Yves Saint Laurent. In 1973, the Bernard Buffet Museum was founded by Kiichiro Okano, in Surugadaira, Japan. He created more than 8,000 paintings and many prints as well.

He committed suicide at his home in Tourtour, southern France, on 4 October 1999. He was suffering from Parkinson's disease and was no longer able to work. Police said that Buffet died around 4 p.m after putting his head in a plastic bag attached around his neck with tape.