Nature Morte by Bernard Buffet
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Nature Morte by Bernard Buffet

Nature Morte by Bernard Buffet

  • This compelling oil on canvas is the work of the celebrated French Expressionist Bernard Buffet
  • Entitled Nature Morte, its nautical subject reveals Buffet's lifelong love of the seaside
  • Bold, black lines and a soft palette are brilliantly combined in the entrancing composition
  • Achieving fame at a young age, his works can today be found in important collections worldwide
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Bernard Buffet
1928-1999 | French

Nature Morte à l'Étoile de Mer et aux Coquillages
(Still Life with Starfish and Shellfish)


Signed "Bernard Buffet" (upper center) and dated "1982" (upper left)
Oil on canvas

Once considered 20th-century France's most important painter, Bernard Buffet's stark and haunting style defined the existential mood of the Post-War era. The present still life was composed in 1982, decades after he had achieved an unparalleled level of artistic celebrity in Paris. It reveals a more personal side of the famed painter, hinting at his lifelong love affair with the sea through his highly unique expressionistic style.

Set against flattened planes of color, the nautically-themed still life is sharply defined by Buffet's trademark black outlines. The thick, dark lines lend his figures a severity that belies their more benign existence. His palette, however, softens this effect with pastel hues that mimic the yellow sands and blue skies of a more traditional seascape. The combination is masterful and results in a scene that is simultaneously tranquil and desolate. It was this very nostalgic sense of despair that earned him fame as a young painter, and it remains compelling in its gravity in his mature work.

Born in Paris in 1928, Buffet began his artistic studies at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in 1944. Though artistically gifted, he proved a poor student, preferring to spend his time in museums around Paris rather than the studio. After two years, the young painter struck out on his own, exhibiting his first work, a self-portrait, at the Salon des Moins de Trente Ans in 1946. He earned his first critical praise at the Salon d'Automne in 1947, and the following year he shared the Prix de la Critique with Bernard Lorjou. It was the beginning of his trajectory to stardom.

His existential compositions brought him great fame and fortune at an early age, and by 1958 he appeared alongside Yves Saint Laurent, Brigitte Bardot, Roger Vadim and Françoise Sagan in a New York Times Magazine article titled “France's Fabulous Young Five.” Though eventually scorned by the art establishment, his works remained wildly popular amongst the French public. In 1971, he was appointed Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur, and was appointed to the rank of Officier in 1993. Since his death in 1999, a number of retrospectives have begun to change the critical reception of his work, including a 2017 retrospective at the Musée d'Art Moderne in Paris. His work can be found in numerous public collections, including the Tate Gallery in London, the Cincinnati Art Museum, and the Brooklyn Museum of Art, as well as two museums in Japan devoted to his oeuvre.

The work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Maurice Garnier.

Dated 1982

Canvas: 25 3/4" high x 32" wide
Frame: 35" high x 41" wide
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Artist: Buffet, Bernard
Framed:41"W x 35"H
Unframed:32"W x 25 3/4"H
Period: 1919-Present
Origin:France
Subject:Still Life
Width:41 Inches
Height:35 Inches
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The Existentialist Art of Bernard Buffet

Nature Morte by Bernard Buffet Bernard Buffet is an internationally renowned post-war French painter celebrated for his mastery of Expressionism Unlike so many artists from the prior generation Buffet achieved critical and commercial success during his lifetime and more impressively...
Nature Morte by Bernard Buffet Bernard Buffet is an internationally renowned post-war French painter celebrated for his mastery of Expressionism Unlike so many artists from the prior generation Buffet achieved critical and commercial success during his lifetime and more impressively...
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