Bernard BUFFET 1928 – 1999

Born July 10, 1928 in Paris. In December 1943, he entered the National School of Fine Arts in Paris, where there are only two years. He later decides to work alone. Critics Prize Laureate in 1948, tied with Bernard Lorjou. He obtained in 1955 the first place in the referendum organized by the magazine Connaissance des Arts, designating the ten best painters of the postwar. In 1974, he was elected to the Academy of Fine Arts. His works are exhibited in Paris every year since 1947.

He made many special exhibitions abroad (New York, Chicago, Palm Beach, Montreal, Vancouver, Tokyo, Osaka, Johannesburg, London, Amsterdam, Brussels, Berlin, Warsaw, Basel, Zurich, Geneva, Rome, Venice, Milan, Madrid …).

Bernard Buffet is an Officer of the Legion of Honour and an Officer of Arts and Letters. He ended his days in his property Domaine de la Baume in Tourtour, in the Var, on 4 October 1999.


A brilliant and mundane artist, the painter experienced intense glory before being disowned by art and committing suicide in general indifference. The retrospective of the Museum of Modern Art attempts to rehabilitate this misunderstood artist.

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