Bernard Buffet, Notre Dame de Lorette et Le Sacre Coeur is an original drypoint engraving. This print is signed on the lower right margin of the work and numbered on the lower left corner. Printed by Atelier Lacouriere et Frelaut. Rheims 64.
Notre Dame de Lorette et Le Sacre Coeur is defined by “dry” straight lines revealing the shape of buildings and bodies. His works show elongated, emaciated figures and structures and lend a feeling of despair and loneliness. Buffet shows Paris itself, traditionally portrayed as lively and colorful, in a hard and lifeless manner.
Born in Paris in 1928, Buffet came of age under the Nazi occupation. He studied at the École des Beaux-Arts, and by the age of 19 had had his first solo show. Buffet’s was an austere vision of the world that chimed perfectly with the atmosphere of post-war alienation championed by the fashionable existentialist philosophy of Jean-Paul Sartre. It earned him immediate popular acclaim and in 1948, at the age of 20, he was awarded the prestigious Prix de la Critique. Ten years later, now a highly renowned artist, he was hailed by The New York Times Magazine as one of ‘France’s Fabulous Young Five’, together with Françoise Sagan, Yves Saint Laurent, Roger Vadim and Brigitte Bardot.