• In the Fish Shop

    Artist:
    Buffet, Bernard. 1928-1999
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    170х240 cm

Buffet, Bernard. 1928-1999

In the Fish Shop

France, 1951

Bernard Buffet was widely recognized by the public, collectors and critics for his melancholy, gloomy works conveying the atmosphere that prevailed in France after the Second World War. In 1950s Paris, Buffet was among the top five most famous people of the day, alongside the fashion designed Yves Saint-Laurent and the young writer Françoise Sagan, the rising star of French literature. The artist illustrated books by Jean Cocteau, Charles Baudelaire, Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine. He worked in the theatre, designing sets and costumes for ballets. The strict, brittle contour of objects in his works, the deliberately hyperbolic shapes of the buildings and human figures are reminiscent of comics. The characteristic garish colours of the works connect Buffet’s artistic language with Neo-Realism, although his oeuvre nonetheless stands out from that of his contemporaries. This work was donated to the Hermitage by the Galerie Maurice Garnier, which was involved in the organization of the personal exhibition of the artist that took place in the Hermitage in 1991.

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In the Fish Shop

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oil

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170х240 cm

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Entered the Hermitage in 1951; Donation by the Gallery of Maurice Garnier (Paris, France)

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-10566

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