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Bernard Buffet
NATURE MORTE À LA BOUTEILLE
Estimate
120,000180,000
LOT SOLD. 187,500 USD
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217
Bernard Buffet
NATURE MORTE À LA BOUTEILLE
Estimate
120,000180,000
LOT SOLD. 187,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT

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Bernard Buffet
1928 - 1999
NATURE MORTE À LA BOUTEILLE
Signed Bernard Buffet and dated 64 (lower right); numbered 10 (on the reverse)
Oil on canvas
35 1/2 by 45 in.
90 by 117 cm
Painted in 1964.
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The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by Maurice Garnier.

Provenance

Galerie David et Garnier, Paris
Private Collection (acquired from the above)
Acquired from the above by the present owner

Catalogue Note

Despite the genre’s traditional association with tranquility and silence, Buffet’s exuberant still lifes hardly appear inanimateNature morte à la bouteille proves no exception, as the objects come alive and reveal a story through Buffet’s mastery of line and color.

As his wife Annabel describes: “Very quickly, you transformed yourself into a witness of the daily life which you sensed. You painted what you had in front of your eyes. Your natures mortes, which we sometimes called pessimistic, are only the true reflections of a helpless era. Your often aloof characters, always painful and so terribly alone, resemble you but also resemble your contemporaries. Through them, you illustrate your gospel, you calm your horrors of war and your turn away from an ever resurrecting human misery. From the Pieta to La Barricade, we find the internal tears which modesty forbad you to shed.  It is this, the painting of truth without complacency, which has rendered you a celebrity. Your sincerity is evident. You have never betrayed it. Never have you diverged from the line which you traced. If the essence of your thinking stayed the same, it did not prevent your oeuvre from evolving both through your mastery of color and ease of draftsmanship” (quoted in Bernard Buffet, Tableaux pour un musée, 1945-1949, Lausanne, 2001, n.p., translated from the French).

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