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Bernard Buffet (1928-1999) France

Born in Paris in 1928, expressionist painter Bernard Buffet's artistic venturies began at the tender age of 10, when he first started to paint and draw. By 15 years of age, Buffet's talents had been recognised by the prestigious École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts - where renowned artists Edgar Degas, Claude Monet and Henri Matisse had also studied painting. During his extensive career, Buffet produced over 8,000 works, ranging from the religious La Passion du Christ: crucifixion (1951) to landscape scenes, e.g. Saint-Tropez, le Port (1993). The artist was influenced by the miserabilisme movement, bringing a sombre mood to his paintings which softened as Buffet grew older. From his youth, Buffet was a member of the L'homme Témoin group, which opposed the abstract art movement and encouraged realistic representation of life. In his 40s, Buffet was inducted as a member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts and the Bernard Buffet Museum was founded in Japan by one of his top collectors.

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