Bernard Buffet
French School

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Bernard Buffet: Le Clown et le Musicien - Painting

Le Clown et le Musicien
(Clown and Musician)
Oil on canvas
52 x 64 in. (130 x 162 cm.)

Biographical Notes

Bernard Buffet was born on July 10, 1928 in France. In 1944, he entered the Ecole des Beaux Arts, but he soon left the school to work on his own, and quickly affirmed his own exceptional personality.

He had his first exposition at the Salon des Moins de Trente Ans, (The Salon for Those Under Thirty) in 1946. In 1947, Buffet met Dr. Maurice Girardin, who became his first important collector. At his death, Dr. Girardin donated his collection to the Petit Palais Museum in Paris.

In 1948, Buffet won the Prix de la Critique, and he has given at least one important exposition each year since then.

In 1955, he received the first prize in a referendum conducted by the Review "Connaissance des Arts", and was designated first out of ten best painters of the post world war era.

He was honored with the Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur in 1971. In 1973, the Musée Bernard Buffet was opened in Surugdaira, Japan, and in 1974, Buffet elected to the Académie des Beaux Arts.
In 1978, a Three Franc Stamp was issued by the French Government. It is entitled "Le Pont des Arts" and was realized from a model designed especially by Buffet.

Buffet's paintings for the Chapel of Chateau d'Arc representing scenes from the life of Christ, are permanently exhibited in the Modern Art Galleries of the Vatican Museum. Japan and Germany dedicated monoraphical museums to his work.

Bernard Buffet has achieved world-wide renown and his considered one of France's most important painters of the twentieth century.

(The above information has been provided by Galerie Rienzo)

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Galerie Rienzo

Galerie Rienzo has been the New York Representative for the estate of Bernard Buffet since 1985. Mr. Robert Rienzo is the authorized expert on his work in the United States.

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