Buffet, Bernard

Bernard Buffet (1928–1999)

Buffet was born in Paris, France, and he attended the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts. Around the same time, Buffet also worked at the studio of Eugène Narbonne. As a struggling young artist, Buffet was supported by a French picture and art dealer while he was working on different works, portraits, still lifes, religious pieces, and landscapes.

The artist’s first painting was exhibited in 1946 at the Galerie Beaux-Arts in Paris, France. After that, Buffet held at least one exhibition in each of the subsequent years. The French magazine Connaissance des arts named him number one in a list of the 10 best Post-War artists. The first retrospective of Buffet’s work was held in 1958 at the Galerie Charpentier in Paris. In 1973, the Bernard Buffet Museum was inaugurated in the artist’s honour in Surugadaira, Japan.

Buffet participated in numerous exhibitions nationally and internationally. Suffering from Parkinson’s disease, he committed suicide in 1999.

His works can be found in numerous public collections, including the National Gallery of Canada collection.