For the first time in ten years, French painter Bernard Buffet personally opened the annual exhibition of his works in Paris on Friday (2 February).
For the first time in ten years, French painter Bernard Buffet personally opened the annual exhibition of his works in Paris on Friday (2 February). This year's theme was flowers, a radical change from previous years, when artlovers could admire paintings on the themes of Dante's Inferno or the French Revolution.
SYNOPSIS: Buffet's latest collection is being shown at the Galerie Maurice Garnier. It is his thirty-third annual exhibition in a row, and the vase of real roses in the window forewarns visitors of his theme.
Buffet was born in Paris in 1928 and, five years ago, long after he had gained international recognition as one of France's finest and most distinctive contemporary painters, he was elected a member of the Academic des Beaux-Arts.
Buffet's highly-personal style is characterised by a bold and rhythmic use of line, the restricted use of colour-ranges, elongated forms and an overall mood of loneliness. However, his choice of theme for this exhibition has produced a warmer and friendlier effect than usual -- although the line is as severe as ever.
Art critics welcomed his switch to a gentler theme, in the wake of his earlier works featuring birds, insects and Dante's Inferno. He has long been a favourite in Japan. And, given the Japanese love of flowers, they should respond avidly to this exhibition, which runs in Paris until April the twenty-second.