Bernard BUFFET (1928-1999)
Bernard Buffet is recognised as a master in his art, and his paintings are collected in the most famous museums around the world. The Surugadaira Museum (Japan) is specially dedicated to his works and displays around 1,000 of his works. His paintings are strong and breathtakingly unforgettable. Bernard Buffet’s style can be recognised among others by a network of “dry” straight lines grey faces, wrinkled foreheads, scarce straight hair, tensed hands. His characters seemed crucified.
MUSEUM : Surugadaira (mus. Bernard Buffet), Clermont-Ferrand, Cluny, Marseille (mus. Cantini), Paris (mus. d’Art Moderne), Rome (mus. du Vatican), Toronto, Troyes, Villeneuve d’Asq, Genève, Lille.
Oil on panel
Signed and dated upper right
– 54 x 65 cm (83 x 94 cm cadre inclus)
– 21 1/4 x 25 5/8 in. (32 5/8 x 37 in. framed)
– Private collection, France
– Galerie Maurice Garnier, Paris
Between the Loire Valley and the Cher Valley, the Chateau du Moulin, a late medieval castle in Sologne, known as “The Pearl of Sologne”, shows its towers in the water of the moats. Built between 1480 and 1501 for Philippe du Moulin, a childhood friend of King Charles VIII and ennobled by the latter, whose life he saved during the Battle of Fornoue in 1495. This stately home is the work of the architect of the Court Jacques de Persigny. Built with orange and black bricks, on a rectangular plan surrounded by a moat, its appearance of a medieval fortified castle was nevertheless intended more to mark the new rank of its owner than to ensure a defensive function. The courtyard was once completely enclosed and surrounded by high walls.
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