Artwork information




Color lithograph on Arches vellum


1980 - 1985


63 cm x 83 cm


Signed lower right

Proof(s) of authenticity

Lithograph sold with a certificate of provenance issued by the Mourlot editions

State of conservation

Very good




Paris, France


This rare lithograph comes from the collection of Liliane and Jacques Mourlot. This work was offered to them by the artist in the 1980s. It is printed on Arches Vellum, it is signed and annotated: "Amicalement" in pencil in the lower right corner by the artist and annotated E.A. "Epreuve d'Artiste" in pencil in the lower left corner.

This artist's proof with an exceptional provenance was printed by Mourlot editions around 1980-1985 for an edition of 150 copies. Bernard Buffet painted and created several works in Saint-Tropez, a city that inspired him a lot.

This work was notably used for the cover of Charles Sorlier's book "Bernard Buffet Lithographe" published in 1979.

This lithograph is sold unframed, however, it is possible to buy it framed. Do not hesitate to ask us for more information, we are at your disposal.


Collection of Liliane and Jacques Mourlot


- "Bernard Buffet Lithographe" by Charles Sorlier (1979)
- Catalog raisonné of original lithographs of Bernard Buffet

The artist


Bernard Buffet

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Born in 1928


Bernard Buffet is a French painter of the second half of the 20th century, he is considered a "miserable expressionist". Indeed, his style find its inspiration from a very modest everyday life. As a productive artist, he received great recognition during his lifetime.

Bernard Buffet was born on July 10, 1928 in Paris, where he spent his childhood on rue des Batignolles in the city's 17th arrondissement. At the age of 15, he won the entrance exam to the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and at only 18, he became a professional artist. In 1947, he received a commission from the National Museum of Modern Art of Paris. 

In 1951, Bernard Buffet befriends personalities such as Jean Cocteau, Louis Aragon, Pierre Bergé, Jean Giono, Georges Simenon or Maurice Druon. The latter even devoted a biography to him in 1964.

In 1958, the artist met Annabel Schwob who became his wife and muse. In 1974, Bernard Buffet is elected to the Académie des Beaux-Arts, and in 1993, he receives the "Légion d'honneur".

In 1997, Bernard Buffet was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. In 1999, unable to paint anymore because of his illness, Bernard Buffet puts an end to his life in Tourtour in the Var, France.

Bernard Buffet's works are poignant, his style is quite recognizable: gray and pale faces, foreheads marked by wrinkles, tight hands, straight hair, Bernard Buffet's characters are as if crucified.

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