Bernard Buffet charcoal and color crayon drawing

18.000,00

Bernard Buffet charcoal and color crayon drawing

‘Le Papillon’ – dated 1963 on reverse

Bernard Buffet was renowned for austere figurative paintings infused with social critique.

Featuring thick, spiky black outlines and a restrained palette, Buffet’s landscapes, portraits, and still lifes were angular and confrontational—a stylistic choice that reflected the alienation and anxiety of his post-war generation. Art history, death, sexuality, politics, and religion were frequent themes throughout his oeuvre.

Very early on, Bernard Buffet regularly represented insects and made them a recurring theme in his paintings/drawings. The butterfly held a special place there from the end of the 1950s. Always presented with outstretched wings, as in lepidopterophilia, the insect is a pretext for painting colors, bright or more monochrome. Very ribbed at first, the wings gradually become flat spaces intended to let the artist satisfy his thirst for color. All on monochromatic backgrounds, or almost, in complementary chromaticity.

Artifact on sale is a small but beautiful original charcoal and color pencil drawing of a butterfly with a monochrome beige background – drawn on vellum.

Signed in large pencil on top, in the middle

Dated 1963 on the reverse side

Size : 29 x 21 cm

In absolute mint condition

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Bernard Buffet charcoal and color crayon drawing

‘Le Papillon’ – dated 1963 on reverse

Bernard Buffet was renowned for austere figurative paintings infused with social critique.

Featuring thick, spiky black outlines and a restrained palette, Buffet’s landscapes, portraits, and still lifes were angular and confrontational—a stylistic choice that reflected the alienation and anxiety of his post-war generation. Art history, death, sexuality, politics, and religion were frequent themes throughout his oeuvre.

Very early on, Bernard Buffet regularly represented insects and made them a recurring theme in his paintings/drawings. The butterfly held a special place there from the end of the 1950s. Always presented with outstretched wings, as in lepidopterophilia, the insect is a pretext for painting colors, bright or more monochrome. Very ribbed at first, the wings gradually become flat spaces intended to let the artist satisfy his thirst for color. All on monochromatic backgrounds, or almost, in complementary chromaticity.

Artifact on sale is a small but beautiful original charcoal and color pencil drawing of a butterfly with a monochrome beige background – drawn on vellum.

Signed in large pencil on top, in the middle

Dated 1963 on the reverse side

Size : 29 x 21 cm

In absolute mint condition