Framed Mid Century Bernard Buffet French Postcard. Measures sight 4.25x3.75. in frame 10.25x8.25x1. wt 1 pd 5 oz. Bernard Buffet (1928 -1999) was a French painter of Expressionism and a member of the anti-abstract art group "L'homme Témoin" (Man as Witness). Bernard Buffet attained recognition as an artist when he was very young. Buffet was born in Paris, France, and studied art there at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts. He worked in the studio of the painter Eugene Narbonne. Among his classmates were Maurice Boitel and Louis Vuillermoz.By 1948 he had had his first one-man show and received the Prix de la Critique. In the 1950s he was considered the principal figurative artist in Paris. In this phase he was influenced by the miserabilisme movement: his compositions, all grays and dull whites, had a somber mood. Buffet's subjects have tremendous range, especially in later works, and include still-lifes, interior scenes, and views of such cities as New York, Paris, and London.He has also worked as an illustrator and in 1954 created a series of drypoints on the theme of the Passion. The lithographs he created resemble his paintings. His work appears in many museums, including the Tate Gallery in London and the Musee d'Art Moderne in Paris. November 23, 1973 the Bernard Buffet Museum was inaugurated; it was founded by Kiichiro Okano, in Surugadaira, Japan. He committed suicide at his home in Tourtour, Southern France, on October 4, 1999. Buffet was suffering from Parkinson's disease and was no longer able to work.