Bernard Buffet Restrospective: from controversy to recognition.
From 14 to 26 of February 2017, the Paris Museum of Modern Art (MAM) will host a unique chronological retrospective through a hundred of works from Bernard Buffet.
Born in 1928, Buffet is essentially an expressionist painter but he also revealed as a gifted stage sets painter, and was a favorite cover illustrator for Sagan, Cocteau and Simenon to name a few.
The MAM made its first acquisition of works by Bernard Buffet in 1947 (Still Life Chicken), but its most outstanding pieces came in 1953 from the legacy of Dr Maurice Girardin, a passionate contemporary art collector who never ceased in his fervourous defense of Buffet’s talent.
One of the highlights in the career of Bernard Buffet was certainly his donation to the Vatican Museum of a series of paintings on the life of Christ, on request of Archbishop Pasquale Macchi -Secretary of Pope Pius VI. These works are still on display in a particular room at the Museum.
Despite his success, Bernard Buffet has long been a controverted artist. As time passed by, many admirers inside and outside the artistic community rose their voices in his favour, until his work was finally recognized as it deserved.
This MAM Retrospective is highly selective in the choice of the works (due in part to the overwhelming productivity of Buffet) and highlights the talent of one of the most fascinating artists of the last century.
Paris Art de Vivre invites you to visit the Mathis Bar, a not-to-be-missed venue for Parisian insiders, located at 3, rue de Ponthieu in the 8th arrondissement, close to the Champs-Élysées (the most beautiful avenue in the world), and the Avenue Montaigne, the temple of the French Luxury.
You will enjoy there a “house” cocktail, comfortably sitted in a red velvet padded armchair, while admiring some of the most emblemathic paintings of Bernard Buffet.