Bernard Buffet (1928 – 1999)

Bernard Buffet was born on July 10, 1944 in France. At the age of 16 he entered the Ecole des Beaux Arts, but he soon left the school to work on his own, and quickly affirmed his own style and personality.

His first exposition was at the Salon des Moins de Trente Ans (The Salon for Those Under Thirty) in 1946. In 1947, Buffet met Dr. Maurice Girardin, who was to become 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. 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 Legion d’Honneur in 1971. In 1973 the Musee Bernard Buffet was opened in Surugdaira, Japan; and in 1974, Buffet was elected to the Academie des Beaux Arts. In 1978, a Three Franc Stamp was issued by the French Government, modeled after a design bu Buffet. Buffet’s paintings for the Chapel of Chateau d’Arc representing scenes from the life of Christ, are permanently exhibited in the modern Galleries of the Vatican.

Bernard Buffet has produced hundreds of lithographs. He has achieved worldwide renown and is considered one of France’s most important painters of the twentieth century.

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