Bernard Buffet

(French, 1928-1999)


“Painting… we do not talk about it, we do not analyze it, we feel it.”

- Bernard Buffet


Bernard Buffet, a French painter, is best known for his Expressionist works. Born in Paris, France, he attended the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts. Initially Buffet experienced a starving artist phase in which he dove into still-life, religious works, landscapes, and portraits. In 1946 Buffet held his first painting show at the Salon des Moins de Trente Ans at the Galerie Beaux-Arts showcasing a self-portrait.  He continued to hold at least one exhibition annually.

In 1955, Buffet was awarded number one in a list of 10 post-war artists by French magazine Connaissance des Arts. For decades he participated in a vast number of both group and solo exhibitions around the world, including Japan, Switzerland, and Taiwan.  The first retrospective held for Buffet was held in Paris at the Galerie Charpentier in 1958. Later in 1973 the Bernard Buffet Museum in Surugadaira, Japan was inaugurated. Buffet was awarded Member of the Salon d’Automne in 1947, co-recipient of the Prix de la Critique in 1948, and Officer of the Légion d’Honneur in 1973 to name a few.

Buffet suffered from Parkinson’s disease toward the end of his career and thus could no longer produce art. In 1999 he committed suicide at his Tourtour home. His creations of over 8,000 paintings and prints continue to inspire and affect others worldwide.

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