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Bernard Buffet

The Best Collection from the Musee Buffet

A realist painter, Bernard Buffet, who had been active since World War II in France, was born in Paris in 1928. He started painting when he was at the age of 10, and at 15 he entered the Ecole des Beaux Arts. But soon after his mother’s death, he quit going to school. After 1945, he went to the Musee Louvre everyday and received the influence from such artists as Rembrandt, Delacroix, and Courbet. In 1948, at 19, he received the Critic Award (Prix de la Critique) and became a leading force of representational paintings which were in opposition to abstract “informel” paintings in fashion at the time.

Buffet’s painting made up of strong and keen contour line, was critically acclaimed by a large audience for the reason of his expression of human solitude, isolation and absurdity in the midst of devastated apres guerre French society. After 1960, he used colorful hues in addition to his characteristic monotone hue and made mighty landscape paintings similar to those of Courbet and Vlaminck. After 1980, he continued to convey his life-long pursued ironic touch and keen sensitiveness to human nature onto his well-established unique painting style. At the last stage, he predicted his own death and painted the theme of death.

The exhibition is consistent with three parts; portrait, landscape, and still life paintings. All works are from Bernard Buffet Museum located in Nagaizumi-cho, Shizuoka prefecture in Japan. 70 selected works ranging from “Pere et fils (Father and Son)” and “La cuisine (Kitchen)” painted in 1945, the year he started his career as a painter, to “Vive les morts” in 1998, painted a year before his death are shown to look back his great accomplishment.

Exhibition Details

Period
From July 23rd (Sat.) to August 28th (Sun.), 2005.
Closed Mondays
Location
Seiji Togo Memorial SOMPO JAPAN Museum of Art
1-26-1, Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-8338
SOMPO JAPAN Bldg.42nd Floor
Open Hours
10:00-18:00 (Admittance by 17:30)
Admission
Adults:1,000 Yen (800Yen)
University & High School Students: 600Yen (500Yen)
Senior Citizens (65 years and more): 800Yen
( ) indicates discount rates for groups of 20 and more
Organized by
SEIJI TOGO MEMORIAL SOMPO JAPAN MUSEUM OF ART,
MUSEE BERNARD BUFFET,
The Asahi Shimbun
Supported by
Sompo Japan Insurance Inc.

Collections

20050414_01 Pierrot
1961
© ADAGP, Paris & SPDA, Tokyo, 2005
Manhattan
1958
© ADAGP, Paris & SPDA, Tokyo, 2005
Rolls-Royce
1956
© ADAGP, Paris & SPDA, Tokyo, 2005