Bernard Buffet (1928-1999)
Bernard Buffet (1928-1999)

Le regard

Bernard Buffet (1928-1999)
Le regard
signed 'Bernard Buffet' (lower right) and dedicated 'A Jean Marie' (lower centre)
acrylic on silk taffeta
101¼ x 300¾ in. (257 x 764 cm.)
Executed in 1967, this work was the stage curtain from the famous Paris orchestral cabaret club L'Alcazar, which was opened by Jean-Marie Rivière in 1968.
Acquired from the family of Jean Marie Rivière by the present owner in the late 1990s.
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Lot Essay

This work is sold with a photo-certificate from the Galerie Maurice Garnier.

Jean-Marie Rivière was considered the King of Parisian nightlife. He successively founded and ran the cabaret Alcazar, Blue Angel, the Paradis Latin and the Café des Arts in Saint-Tropez. The Alcazar opened in 1968 in the Latin Quarter of Paris. Distinguishing itself from the usual entertainment venues of the day, L'Alcazar quickly became a mythical place in the capital and was a refuge for the best transvestite acts in Paris as well as its A-list clientele who included Frank Sinatra, Liza Minelli and of course Bernard Buffet and his fellow artists.


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