Bernard Buffet was born in Paris, and began his first studies at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, and studied there for two years. He worked alone after this time, and showed his first work, a self-portrait, in 1946 at the Salon des Moins de Trente Ans at the Galerie Beaux-Arts at the age of 18. His earliest works were devoid of much color, and were created using mostly black, white, and grey, and his subjects were almost Cubist in nature.
Buffet was asked to join with the gallery of Emmanuel David exclusively, and he shared a contract with Maurice Garnier. Buffet would continue to have a successful art career in Paris, and moved to a small home in Nanse from 1951-1954. The following year, he moved to Chateau l’Arc near Aix-en-Provence where he lived until 1964. During this time, Buffet kept his same boxy and gritty style, but began to employ more color into his ever-evolving pieces.
Throughout the rest of his life, he lived in Brittany, Paris and Normandy and published his works numerous times. Buffet held a number of exhibitions in his lifetime, all with themes such as nudes, the circus, self-portraits, Japan, landscapes, churches of France and more. He worked right up until his death in 1999, and his works are housed all over the world, including at the Bernard Buffet Museum in Japan.
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