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Bernard Buffet
JAGUAR 1955, 1984
Estimate
50,00070,000
LOT SOLD. 285,000 EUR
JUMP TO LOT
47
Bernard Buffet
JAGUAR 1955, 1984
Estimate
50,00070,000
LOT SOLD. 285,000 EUR
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Pierre Bergé: From One Home to Another

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Bernard Buffet
1928 - 1999
JAGUAR 1955, 1984
signed Bernard Buffet upper left; titled Jaguar 1955 on the reverse; oil on canvas
huile sur toile
97,3 x 130,7 cm; 38 1/4 x 51 1/2 in.
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Provenance

Galerie Maurice Garnier, Paris
Pierre Bergé, Paris

Exhibited

Paris, Galerie Maurice Garnier, L'Automobile, 1985, illustrated in the catalogue np

Literature

Yann Le Pichon, Bernard Buffet 1982-1999, Paris, 2007, vol. III, no. 938, illustrated p. 29

Catalogue Note

The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by the Galerie Maurice Garnier.


In 1984 Bernard Buffet again became interested in the theme of automobiles and Jaguar 1955 is part of this series which culminated in the exhibition at the Maurice Garnier gallery in 1985. After the exhibition Andy Warhol declared moreover in an interview with Benjamin Buchloh that his favorite French artist was Bernard Buffet: "The last great Parisian artist is Bernard Buffet [...] his work is good, his technique is really good, he is as good as the other French artist who died a few days ago, Dubuffet."

Like Pierre Bergé, Bernard Buffet loved beautiful houses and cars: with Pierre Bergé they first had a bicycle, then a moped, a Citroën 2CV; a second-hand Jaguar (depicted in the present painting) and finally a Rolls-Royce. These cars revealed his passion for collecting rather than car racing as, surprisingly, Bernard Buffet did not drive.

The Jaguar model XK 120 from 1955 holds pride of place in the centre of the painting without a driver, it is the icon of the composition, the lines are simple and drawn out, Bernard Buffet's talent as a draughtsman is evident. The only element of décor is the gas station Texaco, Mobil in the background. Bernard Buffet was a great amateur of the Hergé's hero Tintin and like the comic strip the work conveys an illustrative force and has a particularly decorative character.

The raising up everyday objects to the rank of artworks recalls the group of artists first called the New realists and then Pop Artists. Bernard Buffet is indeed close to the Pop Art movement in both his theme and the treatment of the work. Here he lifts a consumer object to the ranks of an emblem whilst employing his own simplified and standardized style. The effect of the series also emphasizes this classification of his art, Bernard Buffet painted in all 10 different types of car from Citroën's 2CV to the Rolls-Royce that he particularly liked. The repetitive use of décor referring to the petrol trade "Mobil, Antar, Veedol, Texaco, Shell or Castrol" also recalls one of Pop Art's preferred themes, advertising, popular imagery and democratization.

Otto Letze writes on this subject in Bernard Buffet un regard Allemand : "by dealing with issues such as superficiality, banality and monotony, his paintings show society in its everyday preoccupations. Buffet shares with Pop artists a taste for ordinary objects, simple forms and repetitions, themes which until now had scarcely been touched upon."

Pierre Bergé: From One Home to Another

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Paris