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Bernard Buffet

Born in 1928 - France

BIOGRAPHY

Bernard Buffet was born on the 10th of July, 1928 in Paris, in the Batignolles area, and he was the son of Charles Buffet and of Blanche Colombe.

For his admirers, Bernard Buffet represents pure genius. He has been accepted by the École des Beaux-Arts at the age of 15, introduced to collectors by the painter Aujame and received at the Prix de la Critique at the age of 20. Bernard Buffet is a master of miserabilism and his work found its place in the most important museums of the world; there is even a museum dedicated to his work in Japan, in Surugadairan, with almost 1000 of his artworks.

Bernard Buffet can be an example of the hiatus between the French and contemporary art. A popula arist par excellence, Bernard Buffet is loved by the public, and hated by the elite who reproach him being too prolific: 8000 paintings, watercolors, drawings, litographs or prints. He resembles Renoir and Picasso in this aspect, as they were also very prolific painters.

His personality starts to reveal itself in 1947, with his first angular characters that will place him in the miserabilist expressionist movement, with Francis Gruber and Georges Rouault. His first contact with Emmanuel David, that represented the origin of his international career, took place in 1948. He had an exhibition at the Drouant-David Gallery in 1949.

As pigments were expensive, he was trying to save and used h-very little on his canvases. So there was little color, and mostly grey, black, bister, and green tones.

His works are strong, poignant, the drawing is elongated, reminding us of a supplication. The style of Bernard Buffet can be identified by the frameork of straight lines that became his pictorial system. Grey faces, wrinkled forheads, thinning hair, contracted hands - his characters all seem to be crucified. This new personality is much acclaimed and the style of Bernard Buffet imposes itself.

On the 4th of October 1999 Bernard Buffet committed suicide, as he was not able to paint anymore because he was suffering of Parkinson's disease.

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EXHIBITIONS

SOLO SHOWS

2014
Bernard Buffet 1945-1999 - Bernard Buffet Museum, Shizuoka

2013
Bernard Buffet - Selection D Oeuvres De 1953 À 1992 - Galerie Des Remparts, Bordeaux
Bernard Buffet - Galerie Tamenaga - Tokyo, Tokyo

2012
Bernard Buffet - Gaudel de Stampa, Paris
Bernard Buffet - Galerie Des Remparts, Bordeaux

2011
Bernard Buffet - Whitestone Gallery, Tokyo
Rare Important Works in Large Format - Gallery Rienzo, New York City, NY

2010
Bernard Buffet: From Paris to Provence - Gallery Rienzo, New York City, NY
Bernard Buffet - Galerie Des Remparts, Bordeaux
Bernard BUFFET - Sorry, we’re closed, Brussels

2008
Bernard Buffet - 8 Masterpieces from the 1990´s - Gallery Rienzo, New York City, NY
Bernard Buffet - Museum für Moderne Kunst (MMK), Frankfurt/Main

2006
Bernard Buffet - a controversial oeuvre - Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague
Bernard Buffet : Still Lifes - Gallery Rienzo, New York City, NY
Bernard Buffet: Landscapes & Beyond - Gallery Rienzo, New York City, NY

2005
Bernard Buffet : Works on Paper - Gallery Rienzo, New York City, NY
Bernard Buffet - The Best Collection from the Musee Buffet - Sompo Japan Museum of Art, Tokyo
Bernard Buffet : Fleurs de Mai - Gallery Rienzo, New York City, NY

2004
Bernard Buffet : 40 Years of the Clown - Gallery Rienzo, New York City, NY

2003
Description and image GALERIE URSULA WALBRÖL Bernard Buffet - Vingt-Mille Lieues sous les Mers de Jules Verne - GALERIE URSULA WALBRÖL, Dusseldorf
Bernard Buffet: Paintings of the 1990s - Gallery Rienzo, New York City, NY

2001
Bernrad Buffet - Teil II - Geier, Waffen und New York, Galerie Ursula Walbröl, Dusseldorf
Bernrad Buffet - Teil I - Autos, Affen und Gehäutete, Galerie Ursula Walbröl, Dusseldorf
Bernard Buffet: Portraits - Gallery Rienzo, New York City, NY

2000
Bernard Buffet: The Last Ten Years - Gallery Rienzo, New York City, NY

GROUP SHOWS

2013
Aquatopia - The imagnary of the ocean deep - Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham

2012
La Belle et la Bête - Institut culturel Bernard Magrez, Bordeaux
L'Art en Guerre, France 1938-1947 - De Picasso a Dubuffet - Musée d´Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris - MAM/ARC, Paris
Bernard Buffet & Auguste Rodin - Opera Gallery, Hong Kong
À rebours - Venus Over Manhattan Art, New York City, NY
Prints Collection - Sun Gallery / Sun Art Center, Seoul

2011
Presentation of the Isabella Pakszwer-De Chirico Legacy - Musée d´Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris - MAM/ARC, Paris
End of Year Sale - Whitestone Gallery, Tokyo

2010
Lebenslust und Totentanz - Kunsthalle Krems, Krems
The Tightrope Walker - Timothy Taylor Gallery, London
Pop Life: Art in a Material World - National Gallery of Canada - Musée des beaux-arts du Canada, Ottawa, ON
Que du Papier. - L.A.C. - Lieu d'Art Contemporaine, Sigean
Pop Life - Warhol, Haring, Koons, Hirst, … - Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg
Augenschmaus - Vom Essen im Stilllebben - Bank Austria Kunstforum, Vienna
C'est la vie ! Vanités de Caravage à Damien Hirst - Musée Maillol - Fondation Dina Vierny, Paris

2009
RÜCKSCHAU IN DIE MODERNE - Grafik und Malerei im 20. Jahrhundert aus der Sammlung Richard H. Mayer - Museum Junge Kunst, Frankfurt/Oder
Pop Life: Art in a Material World - Tate Modern, London
Summer Group Exhibition - Gana Art Gallery, Seoul
Die Moderne auf Papier - Leihgaben Graphische Sammlung Gast - Junkerhaus Simonskall, Hürtgenwald

2008
Bernard Buffet & Claude Venard - Galerie Hurtebize, Cannes
Pretty Ugly - Gavin Brown's Enterprise, New York City, NY
No Images Of Man: Curated By Mitchell Algus - Gering & López Gallery, New York City, NY
Art knows no frontiers, it is universal - Galerie Hurtebize, Cannes

2007
Circus - Sompo Japan Museum of Art, Tokyo
Sommerausstellung - Galerie Orangerie-Reinz, Cologne
100 Jahre Kunsthalle Mannheim - Städtische Kunsthalle Mannheim, Mannheim
Modigliani, Picasso et leur temps - LaM - Lille Métropole musée d'art moderne, d'art contemporain et d'art brut, Villeneuve d'Ascq

2006
La force de l´art - Superdéfense - Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, Paris
81 Heads - University of Maine Museum of Arts - UMMA, Bangor, ME

2005
Tauchfahrten. Zeichnung als Reportage - Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Dusseldorf
Small works by French Artists - School of Paris - Gallery Rienzo, New York City, NY

2004
Tauchfahrten - Zeichnung als Reportage - Kunstverein Hannover, Hannover
Frankreich - Bilder, Zeichnungen, Druckgrafiken, Skulpturen und Fotografien - Galerie Ariadne - Thomas Netusil Kunsthandel, Vienna

2003
Coollustre - Collection Lambert, Avignon
Bernhard Buffet / Thomas Lehnerer - "Correspondence II" - - Dany Keller Galerie - Munich, Munich (closed, 2009)
Lieber Maler, male mir... Radikaler Realismus nach Picabia - Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt/Main

2002
"Lieber Maler, male mir..." - Kunsthalle Wien (Museumsquartier), Vienna
Cher peintre - Peintures figuratives depuis l'ultime Picabia - Centre Pompidou - Musée National d´Art Moderne, Paris

2001
Animating the Inanimate - The Life of Still Life - Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL
Still Lifes by Modern Masters - Gallery Rienzo, New York City, NY
STILLEBEN NATURE MORTE STILL LIFE NATURA MORTA - Hachmeister Galerie, Münster

1998
Weather Everything - Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst - GfZK, Leipzig
Une belle prise! = A fine catch! - Musée d´art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal, QC

1965
Gegenständliche Kunst der Gegenwart - Nassauischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden

1959
Internationale Ausstellung Graphik der Gegenwart 1959 - Nassauischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden

1957
Junge Graphik aus Paris - Nassauischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden
Recent Contemporary Acquisitions – Houston - Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX

1956
Let’s Face It: An Exhibition of Contemporary Portraits - Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX

1952
Recent Trends in Realist Painting - ICA - Institute of Contemporary Arts London, London

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