Bernard Buffett - 'Visage #18' Vintage Gravure

Bernard Buffett - 'Visage #18' Vintage Gravure
Silkscreen/Serigraph - Hand signed

‘Le Visage #18’ by Bernard Buffett (1928-1999)
Vintage Original Gravure from “Visage” series.
19.5 x 26 Inches
Lithograph on thick, hand-torn, deckled edge fine art paper.
Limited Edition of only 37 (#14/37)
Notes at bottom read “No. 18. NF (Not Final).
(Noticeable discoloration and some light staining around borders from previous framing, not effecting image or signature.)


Bernard Buffet was a French painter of Expressionism and a member of the anti-abstract art group L'homme Témoin.

The Buffet style of Expressionism defined is a bold, graphic mastery of technique outlined with thick line and inspiring an almost graphic animation. It was a style not in vogue in Buffet’s time and the commentators who viewed and discussed it were angry and cruel. Buffet also depicted scenes with alienation, sexual ambiguity and wartime violence. Critics were taken aback by his images of flowers and clowns and crossdressers demonstrating the same style he used on table lamps and ashtrays.

Speaking about Bernard Buffet today has a different ring however. Buffet had such an innovative approach and a striking intensity of art that Fabrice Hergott, director of today’s Musée d’Art Moderne says, “Buffet has painted hundreds of masterpieces," he said. “His œuvre is one of the greatest of the 20th century."

Lot details
Bernard Buffett
Title of artwork
'Visage #18' Vintage Gravure
Hand signed
Image size
49.5×66 cm
Sold with frame
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