Bernard Buffet

Portrait of the Artist


Not on display

Bernard Buffet 1928–1999
Original title
Portrait de l'Artiste
Oil paint on canvas
Support: 1464 × 1140 mm
frame: 1510 × 1190 × 55 mm
Presented by J. Spreiregen 1955

Catalogue entry

Bernard Buffet born 1928

T00004 Portrait de l'Artiste (Portrait of the Artist) 1954

Inscribed 'Bernard | Buffet | 54' t.l. and 'L25' on back of canvas
Oil on canvas, 57 5/8 x 44 7/8 (146.5 x 114)
Presented by J. Spreiregen 1955
Prov: With Galerie Drouant-David, Paris (purchased from the artist); J. Spreiregen, London
Repr: Edward Lucie-Smith, Movements in Art since 1945 (London 1969), pl.66

E. David states (letter of 7 October 1958) that there are several later variants of this self-portrait, which is the first of its type. Two of 1956 follow the pose closely: in one (now in a US private collection) the artist is in a dark shirt against a light background, and in the other (coll. Pierre Bergé) he has a pale blue shirt against a dark background. The latter is reproduced in J. Giono, Bernard Buffet (Paris 1956), pl.18. In a self-portrait of 1955 (coll. Anthony Denney, London), the artist is shown painting with his left hand, his right arm concealed by the canvas, while in two further portraits of the same year (colls. the artist and E. David) he paints with his left hand and holds his right arm across the body.

Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.85, reproduced p.85

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