Happy Birthday Bernard

Born on this date in 1928 – French artist Bernard Buffet.

I first came across his art on Pinterest when I pinned one of his clown paintings.  I didn’t know much about him so did a bit of googling.

He apparently had a somewhat roller coaster experience of fame and shame.  Once celebrated as a successor to Picasso his work was then rejected as vulgar with him ultimately committing suicide in 1999 at the age of 71 after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

His life was by all accounts pretty alternative – a child prodigy, bisexual, an alcoholic recluse and a famous socialite.  By the age of thirty he was such a successful artist that he had purchased a castle, a Rolls-Royce, a boat and an island.

It seems that his work has made a bit of a come back with one of his works being sold for over $1m.

If you’d like to see a few more pictures check out this Pinterest board

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