At once a traditional painter and unwitting member of the French avant-garde, Buffet's hand-crafted style and prolific output evoke an off-kilter alternative to the spectacular commercial serialism of Pop. The kind of popularity that Bernard Buffet experienced as a young painter in the 1950s is quite unparalleled in the twentieth-century visual arts in terms of both its intensity and its broad social reach. Buffet’s art was, as the author Maurice Druon wrote as late as the mid-1960s, “on the street.” It was to be found on the covers of magazines and LPs, on postcards, postage stamps, wall plates, giftwrap and plastic bags.
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