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    Sale 12147

    Impressionist & Modern Art Day Sale

    17 November 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1256

    Bernard Buffet (1928-1999)

    Nature morte aux artichauts

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    Bernard Buffet (1928-1999)
    Nature morte aux artichauts
    signed and dated 'Bernard Buffet 53' (center left)
    oil on canvas
    39 3/8 x 76 ¾ in. (100 x 195.1 cm.)
    Painted in 1953

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    This work is recorded in the Maurice Garnier Archives.

    Nature morte aux artichauts utilizes the bold outlines and angular forms which were emblematic of the artist’s early works from the 1950s. This monumental composition, adorned with a table composed of strong perpendicular lines with deliberately spaced props, pushes to the surface of the tableau. The tilted perspective and slightly asymmetrical lines are quintessential of Buffet’s modern delineation of still-life subject matter. The artichokes perch upon a stark white platter which rises from the darkened tones of the wooden tabletop. Bold curtains fold behind the central block, adding to the theatricality of the set arrangement.
    Nature morte aux artichauts was exposed to the global eye in 1954, when it made the transatlantic voyage to the Los Angeles County Museum, when the artist was only twenty-six.
    Louis Jourdan, a previous owner of this work, was a dashing French film and television actor best known for his roles in Gigi (1958), The Best of Everything (1959) and Octopussy (1983). He and his wife Berthe were childhood sweethearts who lived in Beverly Hills until their recent passing (she in 2014 and he in 2015).


    Galerie Drouant-David, Paris.
    Charles K. Feldman, Beverly Hills (by 1954).
    Mr. and Mrs. Louis Jourdan, Beverly Hills; sale, Christie's, New York, 16 May 1990, lot 460.
    Corporate collection, Japan.
    Acquired from the above by the present owner.


    Los Angeles County Museum, Paintings by Bernard Buffet, December 1954-January 1955.