Artist: Bernard Buffet
Born 10 July 1928 in Paris, France. He was a painter of expressionism and a member of the anti-abstract art group “L’homme Témoin” (the Witness-Man) [source]
His first solo show was in Paris in 1947 and in 1948 he was awarded the Prix de la Critique jointly with Bernard Lorjou. At this point he developed a style of elongated, spiky forms and somber colours with flat spaces highlighting a mood of loneliness and despair.
His early works include paintings titled “The Horror’s of War”, “Hanging From the Gallows”, “The Angel of Destruction” and others showing death camp victims.
“By the early 1950’s Mr. Buffet had gone from being a classic starving artist to one who lived like Picasso.” he had a 300 year old chateau in Provence, a manservant and two Rolls-Royces.
However his work became more stylized and decorative after he found himself overwhelmed with commissions.
His artworks are in the collections of the Tate Gallery in London, the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville Paris and the Brooklyn Museum of Art. [source]