Bernard Buffet: 'Le Lapin Agile' - Expressionism - Lithographic print on panel - France - 1967
Beautiful, large lithographic print on panel by the French expressionist artist Bernard Buffet, titled 'Le Lapin Agile'. Plate signed and dated (1967). Marked on the back 'Bernard Buffet. Juwelblatt 0196. Le Lapin Agile'.
Bernard Buffet (Paris, July 10, 1928 - Tourtour, October 4, 1999) was a French expressionist painter and member of the anti-abstract art group L'Homme-Témoin. In addition to being a painter, he was also an illustrator and designer. Buffet studied at the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts and was taught by Eugène Narbonne. He studied together with, among others, Maurice Boitel. At the age of 17 he exhibits in a Parisian gallery and his work is received positively. Buffet was internationally successful, especially in the early years. His still lifes and Parisian cityscapes can be regarded as typical post-war with the theme of poverty and their penetrating appearance. With the clearly present black lines and the gray haze that seems to hang over the colors, the paintings are in line with the existentialism of that time. In the 1960s, with the emergence of abstract art, his work became controversial in art circles because he always maintained the figurative character in the second half of the 20th century. However, Buffet remained popular with the public and was commercially successful as a result. From the nineties of the 20th century, international recognition for his work returns. In the 21st century, retrospective exhibitions of his work are taking place worldwide.
Le Lapin Agile was a famous cabaret in Montmartre, Paris. In 1875, artist Andre Gill painted the sign that would suggest his permanent name. It was an image of a rabbit jumping out of a pan and local residents started calling the nightclub Le Lapin à Gill, meaning "Gill's rabbit". Over time, the name had evolved into "Cabaret Au Lapin Agile". The Lapin Agile became a favorite haunt of artists and writers, including Picasso, Modigliani, Apollinaire, Roman Greco and Utrillo.
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