Bernard Buffet : worldwide exhibition

French expressionist painter, Bernard Buffet was able to create around 8,000 works of art. The success of his works rests mainly on the fact that Buffet referred to history. Which, in fact, struck the curiosity of French and international historians. Moreover, the exhibitions of Bernard Buffet’s paintings attract the attention of the public through his interest in human and social history. On the other hand, the artist was also inspired by various themes such as death, melancholy and the landscape bearing witness to his experiences. Buffet’s notoriety remains in his works selected as being paradoxical.

exhibition of Bernard Buffet : worldwide known art works

The most recent was in 2017, a flashback exhibition. This exhibition took place at the Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris, the only one with a large collection of works by Bernard Buffet. Moreover, this retrospective exhibition aimed to present the main works of Buffet.

The very first exhibitions were in 1945-1947. Among his works of art are his first self-portrait as well as a painting entitled “L’homme accoudé” presented at the Salon des Indépendants.

Exhibitions of the artist’s works have spread across the world. Thus, organizations have taken place in Tokyo, Florida and many other countries to relate the paintings of Bernard Buffet. 

Expressionism in Bernard buffet’s paintings

Famous painter of the 20th century, Bernard Buffet identified himself in the expressionist artistic movement. A current that aims to project through paintings or another form of art an intense expression of reality aimed at moving the public eye.

Thus, Bernard Buffet’s paintings are representative of reality, like the post-war period (the world wars). The horror of war is recounted in “Tortured Woman”: a pencil drawing on a paper mounted on canvas, and as well as “The Executed” depicting existential anguish.

paintings of sad clowns , paradoxical works

Clowns are meant to be pleasant and funny characters. However, in Buffet’s paintings, they seem rather sad. “Head of a clown“, a painting by Bernard Buffet describes the sorrow, the sadness through a pouting mouth and a flabby face of the clown. The clown turns out to be a recurring portrait in this painter’s canvases. Thus, we can mention “Clown of 1977” and “Duo of sad clowns” which constantly evoke melancholy. In fact, these works of art reflect the complexity of Bernard Buffet in an image that is both sad and joyful..

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