Born on July10, 1928 Bernard Buffet was a French painter. He was characterized as a painter of Expressionism and a member of the group "The Witness-Man" (L'hommeTemoin). Buffet was born in France and studied at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts. He also worked with Eugene Narbonne.
Buffet painted religious pieces, portraits, still-lifes and landscapes. Buffet"s first painting was a portrait of himself and shown at the Salon des Moins de Trente Ans at the Galerie Beaux-Arts. Every year after his first showing, Buffet had one major display. In 1952 Buffet won the rights to illustrate Les Chants de Maldoror by Comte de Lautreamont. Buffet garnered the first prize in art from Connaissance des arts shortly thereafter in 1955.
Buffet married Anabel Schwob in 1958 and they had two daughters. His son Nicolas was born in 1973, also in 1973 Buffet was also named Chevalier de la Legon d'honneur.
In 1978 Buffet created a stamp for the French government that depicted the Institut et le pont des Arts. During his life time, Buffet created over 8,000 art pieces including paintings, prints and illustrations. He was one of France's most prolific painters.
Unfortunately Buffet committed suicide in Tourtour in Southern France on October 4, 1999. It was discovered he was suffering from Parkinson's disease and was unable to work.