Art

Vincent Van Gogh
Did you know that Vincent Van Gogh, a famous artist, got severe migraines? He painted Starry NIght, while at the Remy Asylum in France, according to the National Migraine Association. Some people believe he was having an aura while painting, since the starts and moon have a halo effect.


“Pretty Ugly” art makes pretty good exhibit

Figure of Death

Figure of Death

What better way to learn and remain current about art and design other than checking out the reviews in

The New York Times

The New York Times

and in the Weekend Arts section of The New York Times I ran across the most bizare artwork I’ve encountered, the “Pretty Ugly” exhibition showing at two galleries, Gavin Brown’s Enter;prise and the Maccarone Gallery.  One particular peice caught my eye “Les Folles, Femmes au Salon” by Bernard Buffet.

I couldn’t quite wrap my thought process around the piece so I wanted to find out more about the artist Bernard Buffet.

According to Wikipedia, Buffet was born in Paris, France, and studied art there at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts (National School of the Fine Arts) and worked in the studio of the painter Eugène Narbonne. Among his classmates were Maurice Boitel and Louis Vuillermoz.

Sustained by the picture-dealer Maurice Garnier, Buffet produced religious pieces, landscapes, portraits and still-lifes. In 1946, he had his first painting shown, a self-portrait, at the Salon des Moins de Trente Ans at the Galerie Beaux-Arts. He had at least one major exhibition every year. Buffet illustrated “Les Chants de Maldoror” written by Comte de Lautréamont in 1952. In 1955, he was awarded the first prize by the magazine Connaissance des arts, which named the 10 best post-war artists. In 1958, at the age of 30, the first retrospective of his work was held at the Galerie Charpentier.

November 23, 1973 the Bernard Buffet Museum was inaugurated; it was founded by Kiichiro Okano, in Surugadaira, Japan.

At the request of the French postal administration in 1978, he designed a stamp depicting the Institut et le Pont des Arts – on this occasion the Post Museum arranged a retrospective of his works.[3]

Buffet created more than 8.000 paintings and many prints as well.

He committed suicide at his home in Tourtour, Southern France, on October 4, 1999.

Click here to veiw more of Bernard Buffet’s art.

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