貝納德.畢費 BERNARD BUFFET (1928-1999)

Bernard Buffet was born in Paris, France. He enrolled in Ecole National des Beaux-Arts in 1944, and worked in the studio of painter Eugene Narbonne. In 1946, he had his first painting shown, a self-portrait, at the Salon des Moins de Trente Ans at the Galerie Beaux-Arts. In the same year, he held his first solo exhibition in Paris Art Book Store, through this exhibition, the Paris Art Museum purchased his oil painting “Chicks and Still Life.” Since 1940, Buffer held exhibitions annually, he mainly exhibited in Europe and Asia. In 1955, at the age of twenty-seven, he was awarded first prize in the ten best post-war artists by Connaissance des Arts magazine. In 1958 he held his first toured exhibition, and was coined the representing artist for French Expressionism. In 1973, the Bernard Buffet Museum was founded by one of his biggest Japanese collector - Kiichiro Okana, in Surugadaira, Japan. In 1973 he was named “Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur” the highest form of honor for artists in France. After World War II, he was renowned for his sharp and clean black lines. Museums all over the world have shown his works, and his paintings are adored by many collectors. Buffet’s creations were often inspired by sadness, on October 4th, 1999, he committed suicide. The President Jacques Chirac expressed sadness at the artist’s death saying he had “learned with consternation and sadness of the disappearance of a very great painter of our times.”

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