Bernard Buffet 1928 - 1999

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Bernard Buffet - Le Pont des Arts (Aus: Album Paris).
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Modern Art | ONLINE ONLY
January 2024
VAN HAM
Est.: 400 - 600 EUR
Realised: 726 EUR
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Bernard Buffet - Le Moulin Rouge
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Prints & Multiples
January 2024
Bonhams, Los Angeles (Online Auction)
Est.: 800 - 1.200 USD
Realised: 896 USD
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Bernard Buffet - Les Moulins
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Prints & Multiples
January 2024
Bonhams, Los Angeles (Online Auction)
Est.: 600 - 800 USD
Realised: 832 USD
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Bernard Buffet - Yacht et phare
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Impressionist & Modern Art
December 2023
Bonhams, Paris
Est.: 70.000 - 90.000 EUR
Realised: 102.000 EUR
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Bernard Buffet - Le Fort de la Latte - 1962
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Impressionist & Modern Art
December 2023
Artcurial
Est.: 18.000 - 25.000 EUR
Realised: 20.992 EUR
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Bernard Buffet - Le moulin à café - 1949
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Impressionist & Modern Art
December 2023
Artcurial
Est.: 25.000 - 35.000 EUR
Realised: 47.232 EUR
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Bernard Buffet - Voyages fantastiques de Cyrano de Bergerac, 1958
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Prints and Multiples
December 2023
Bonhams, Brussels
Est.: 300 - 500 EUR
Realised: 384 EUR
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Bernard Buffet - Le pont suspendu
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Impressionist & Modern Art
December 2023
Bonhams, Paris
Est.: 40.000 - 60.000 EUR
Realised: not available
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Bernard Buffet - Cimetière
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Impressionist & Modern Art Day Sale
November 2023
Christies, Sydney
Est.: 50.000 - 70.000 USD
Realised: not available
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Bernard Buffet - Poêle dans un atelier
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Impressionist & Modern Art Day Sale
November 2023
Christies, Sydney
Est.: 50.000 - 70.000 USD
Realised: 63.000 USD
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Bernard Buffet - Lampe de mineur
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Impressionist & Modern Art Day Sale
November 2023
Christies, Sydney
Est.: 18.000 - 25.000 USD
Realised: 40.320 USD
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Bernard Buffet - Venise, le Pont du Rialto
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Impressionist & Modern Art Day Sale
November 2023
Christies, Sydney
Est.: 200.000 - 300.000 USD
Realised: 378.000 USD
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The artist Bernard Buffet

  • French printmaker and expressionist painter.
  • Artistic representative of the philosophical trend of existentialism in the 40s.
  • In 1958, the New York Times named him one of France's »Fabulous Young Five«.

French Expressionist Bernard Buffet was born in Paris in 1928. He first studied art history at the Lycée Carnot before attending the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris (1943 - 1945). He also belonged to the group L'homme-témoin and was part of the Parisian avant-garde. In 1940, when friends introduced him to the art dealer Maurice Girardin, who eventually signed him, Buffet's career took a turn for the better.

In the years that followed, Buffet honed his unmistakable, realistic style. He took his cues from artists such as Rembrandt van Rijn, Théodore Géricault, Gustave Courbet, Henri Edmond Cross, and Vincent van Gogh. At the time, he was one of the hottest artists associated with the French philosophical movement of Existentialism. Its most famous representatives were Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, and Albert Camus. Buffet's gnarled figures and objects with thick black outlines are characteristic of his style. He usually reduced the background to simple dark colors.

In 1949, his future number one collector Jean Negulesco bought 21 works in one fell swoop - and subsequently circulated them among Hollywood stars such as Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Alfred Hitchcock, Kirk Douglas, and John Huston. In 1958, the New York Times listed Buffet among France's Fabulous Young Five, along with Brigitte Bardot, Roger Vadim, Françoise Sagan and Yves Saint Laurent. Buffet was married to singer and actress Annabel Schwob, with whom he had three adopted children.

In 1999, the artist took his own life in his home in the southern French town of Tourtour after Parkinson's disease left him unable to paint. Buffet's work can be found in almost every major art collection. Museums such as the Tate Gallery in London, the Kunstmuseum Basel, and the Musée National d'Art Moderne in Paris have works by Buffet on permanent display. The largest collection is at the Bernard Buffet Museum in Nagaizumi, Japan, with over 2000 paintings.

Der Künstler Bernard Buffet

  • Französischer Grafiker und Maler des Expressionismus.
  • Künstlerischer Vertreter der philosophischen 40er-Jahre-Strömung des Existenzialismus.
  • 1958 zählte ihn die New York Times zu Frankreichs »Fabulous Young Five«.

Der französische Expressionist Bernard Buffet kam 1928 in Paris zur Welt. Er studierte zunächst Kunstgeschichte am Lycée Carnot, ehe er die École des Beaux-Arts in Paris besuchte (1943 – 1945). Außerdem gehörte er der Gruppe L’homme-témoin an und war Teil der Pariser Avantgarde. Eine für ihn wegweisende Wende stellte sich 1940 ein, als ihn Freunde mit dem Kunsthändler Maurice Girardin bekanntmachten, der ihn schließlich unter Vertrag nahm. 

In der kommenden Zeit feilte Buffet an seinem unverwechselbaren, realistischen Stil, nahm sich Künstler wie Rembrandt van Rijn, Théodore Géricault, Gustave Courbet, Henri Edmond Cross und Vincent van Gogh zum Vorbild. Er reihte sich damals in die Riege der angesagtesten Künstler der französischen philosophischen Strömung des Existenzialismus ein, dessen bekannteste Vertreter wohl Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir oder Albert Camus sind. Buffets Stil kennzeichnen die knorrigen Figuren und Objekte, die er mit dicken schwarzen Outlines versah. Den Hintergrund reduzierte er meist auf schlichte dunkle Farben. 

1949 kaufte sein späterer Nummer-1-Sammler Jean Negulesco 21 Werke auf einen Schlag – und verbreitete sie anschließend unter Hollywoodstars wie Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Alfred Hitchcock, Kirk Douglas und John Huston weiter. 1958 zählte die New York Times Buffet neben Brigitte Bardot, Roger Vadim, Françoise Sagan und Yves Saint Laurent zu Frankreichs Fabulous Young Five. Buffet war mit Sängerin und Schauspielerin Annabel Schwob verheiratet, mit der er drei Adoptivkinder hatte. 

1999 nahm sich der Künstler in seinem Wohnhaus in der südfranzösischen Gemeinde Tourtour das Leben, nachdem er aufgrund seiner Parkinson-Erkrankung nicht mehr malen konnte. Werke von Buffet findet man heute in den Sammlungen beinahe aller renommierten Kunsthäuser. Museen wie die Tate Gallery in London, das Kunstmuseum Basel oder das Musée National d’Art Moderne in Paris stellen Buffet-Stücke dauerhaft aus. Die größte Sammlung befindet sich im Bernard Buffet Museum in Nagaizumi, Japan: Es verfügt über 2000 Bilder des Künstlers.

Bernard Buffet - Nature morte au turbot
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Impressionist & Modern Art Day Sale
November 2023
Christies, Sydney
Est.: 70.000 - 100.000 USD
Realised: not available
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Bernard Buffet - Anémones et compotier
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Impressionist & Modern Art Day Sale
November 2023
Christies, Sydney
Est.: 40.000 - 60.000 USD
Realised: 75.600 USD
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Bernard Buffet - Café de village
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Impressionist & Modern Art Day Sale
November 2023
Christies, Sydney
Est.: 70.000 - 100.000 USD
Realised: 113.400 USD
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Bernard Buffet - Paysage
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Impressionist & Modern Art Day Sale
November 2023
Christies, Sydney
Est.: 30.000 - 50.000 USD
Realised: 63.000 USD
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Bernard Buffet - Pommiers en fleurs
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Impressionist & Modern Art Day Sale
November 2023
Christies, Sydney
Est.: 80.000 - 120.000 USD
Realised: 189.000 USD
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Bernard Buffet - Roses jaunes et lys
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Impressionist & Modern Art Day Sale
November 2023
Christies, Sydney
Est.: 50.000 - 70.000 USD
Realised: 132.300 USD
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Bernard Buffet - Oeufs sur le plat
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Impressionist & Modern Works on Paper Sale
November 2023
Christies, New York
Est.: 18.000 - 25.000 USD
Realised: 40.320 USD
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Bernard Buffet - Fleurs des champs
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Impressionist & Modern Art
November 2023
Bonhams, New York
Est.: 20.000 - 30.000 USD
Realised: 22.400 USD
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Bernard Buffet - Fleurs rouges dans un pot
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Modern and Contemporary Art
November 2023
Il Ponte
Est.: 30.000 - 50.000 EUR
Realised: 38.000 EUR
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Bernard Buffet - Le Phare, 1958
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Prints & Multiples Online
October 2023
Bonhams, London (Online Auction)
Est.: 400 - 600 EUR
Realised: not available
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Bernard Buffet - Le phare de Guilvinec, 1983
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Prints & Multiples Online
October 2023
Bonhams, London (Online Auction)
Est.: 600 - 800 EUR
Realised: not available
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Bernard Buffet - La Place de Vosges (Aus: Album Paris).
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(Hi)storytelling | ONLINE ONLY
October 2023
VAN HAM
Est.: 700 - 900 EUR
Realised: 924 EUR
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