Bernard Buffet was a wonderful painter from the 20th century (1928-1999) who has got more than 8000 paints signed with his name.
Rather controversial as a painter during the second part of his live, he was also an illustrator and decor-designer.
You must have seen at least one poster or reproduction of him : he worked very pictural, and painted -among so many other melancholic and dark portraits- a lot of clown-faces.
Parisian city views and landscapes are also figured on stamps and other paperwork.
He realised also some very typical still lifes - I particularly love the vases with flowers which I find very stylish,
and made sculptures, lithographs....
A very versatile artist who managed to keep his typical personality and character through all his work.
Why I talk about him ?
I made an embroidery of one of his beautiful paints,
many, many years ago, ( oh ... that makes me remember time flies ;-))
and it always followed me in all my moving, and always found a nail in a wall to hang it up.
No surprise that it's an owl, because I like those birds and I've got a collection of different metallic owls (in fact, they are candleholders, but I never use them for this... and I showed you some of them in pics on a calm moment of my blog end of october, beginning november).
This embroidery of 65/75cm is made in woollen threads in soft tones, except for the orange in his eyes and the dark brown for the contrast in his wings and the branch. It's made with long and short stitches, sometimes chaotic and overlapping and on other areas very parallel. I was ill and recovering on that time, and I still remember how tranquil and restfull I worked on it.
The owl is slightly in relief, because I stacked many stitches on top of each other.
Here a closer view ...
So that is why I talked you about Bernard Buffet : this is "my own Buffet-painting" !
You 'google' his name, and you'll get more than 400000 hits .... with as many pictures of his work !
A beautiful website is this one (click on the 'signatures' in left column : for every year another signature !) .
Look also in the Artcyclopedia or this site of a museum in Den Haag or on this site.