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Artist of the moment…..Bernard Buffet…

The artist was born in France in 1928.  Went to the School of Fine Arts in Paris. Was a studio assistant to well known painter, Eugene Narbonne. Narbonne was primarly a figure painter.

A great clip here showing  a work of the artist that sells at auction for $56,000. Very exciting!

Refreshing images of the artist set to music here. After seeing so many great impressionist paintings of coastal europe its quite refreshing to see someone that is dependent on lines and as an artist keeps many sharp edges. His paintings are like etchings in that regard.

Buffet was a true artist and mastered many mediums over his career. He worked in crayon, oils, etching, watercolor, acrylics, and drypoint.

High price range:  Oil painting of a clown broke the $200,000 mark earlier this year.  Watercolor high is $32,000.  Gouache is $122,000.

Low price range: Many lithographs are available from $1,000 to $2,000. Works done in pencil mainly priced from $1,000 to $5,000.

Part of a group called the Anti- Abstract Movement.  The artist illustrated a book that won many fans titled “LE CHANTS DE MALDORER.”

In 1955 a magazine gave the artist first prize amongt ten up and coming post world war II artists. When he was thirty the first restrospective of his career was held.

The artist was lover to the fashion designter Yves St. Lauren.

After this arrangement ended he married an actress and writer named Annabel Schwob. The couple ended up having two daughters and one son.

A musueum showing exclusive works by the artist was opened in Japan in 1976.

In 1978 at the request of the French Postal Service he designed a special stamp featuring the arts. At this moment the post office also held a retrospective of the artist’s career.

Very prolific as an artist, right up there with Grandma Moses! He produced more than 8,000 original paintings and drawings and a great number of prints in addition to the originals.

The artist died in a sad manner. Buffet developed Parkinson’s disease and was unable to work. The artist was seventy one years old when he took his own life in Tourtour, France. He put his head in a plastic bag that was attached to his neck with tape. The artist died in 1998.

The artist was fascinated for both his private life and his painting career. Similar to Van Gogh in his feeling the need to express himself. Also for the fact he took his own life since he could no longer paint. What a sad ending to life that brought us the viewer more than 8,000 works! The main thing to learn from this artist is to master your own style. If line is part of your end result, VARY THE LINES!
And of course PAINT PAINT PAINT!