Lot # 001
Bernard Buffet: A Collection of Works Online auction

Bernard Buffet
1928 - 1999 French

Melun, la Seine, automne
oil on canvas
signed and dated 1974 and on verso titled and inscribed "(S et M)", "AH 17" and "F"
35 1/4 x 51 1/4 in  89.5 x 130.2cm

Galerie Martal Ltée., Montreal
Private Collection, USA

Born in 1928, in Paris's Batignolles neighbourhood - an area known for its famous residents, such as poets Paul Verlaine and Stéphane Mallarmé, and writer Émile Zola - Bernard Buffet was a fairly precocious artist. In an interview in Modern Painters Magazine, Buffet admits ''I cannot remember ever not liking art [...] I was so fascinated by painting.'' At only fifteen years old, he was admitted to the École nationale des Beaux-Arts (Paris) and five years later, was represented by art dealers Emmanuel David and Maurice Garnier. Buffet worked in a variety of mediums - painting, watercolour, drawing, lithography and engraving - and a number of different subjects - portraits, nudes, still-lives, landscapes and cityscapes. His work has been exhibited internationally, namely at the Institut Français in Berlin (1958), the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg (1991) and in Kassel at the Documenta-Halle (1994). The Musée Bernard Buffet in Higashino, Japan, is dedicated to his work.

Depicted amid a sunny fall day, Melun is a Parisian suburb located approximately 40 km southeast of the centre of Paris. This large work is a fine example of Buffet’s mastery of geometric composition. The strong vertical lines created by the stylized trees frame the Seine River that unhurriedly runs diagonally into the distance. With a soft earthy palette and expert handling of light, Buffet captures with great sensitivity the sun’s warmth during a brisk autumnal day and the tranquility suffusing the scene.

The authenticity of this lot has been confirmed by Galerie Maurice Garnier, Paris. A certificate can be delivered by the Galerie Maurice Garnier upon request of the buyer. Please note: the certificate is not included with this lot.

Please note the book "Bernard Buffet, Bateaux" published in 1973 by Galerie Garnier in Paris accompanies this lot.


$125,000 ~ $175,000 CAD

Starting Bid: $95,000 CAD  
Bidding History
Paddle # Date Amount $
34070 11/10/2017 12:32:52 PM $95,000 Autobid

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