Lot  242 Ravenel Autumn Auction 2022 Taipei

Ravenel Autumn Auction 2022 Taipei

Nature morte aux anémones

Bernard BUFFET (French, 1928 - 1999)


Oil on canvas

73 x 90 cm


TWD 3,800,000-6,000,000

HKD 943,000-1,489,000

USD 120,200-189,800

CNY 852,000-1,345,000

Sold Price


Signed upper center Bernard BUFFET

Galerie Rienzo,New York
Important private collection,America

This lot is to be sold with a certificate of authenticity issued by Galerie Maurice Garnier, Paris.


Anémone were a type of flower originally introduced to Japan from China. Later, the Japanese cultivated the flower in large volumes, and when it was introduced to Europe in 1844, it became known as the “Japanese Autumn Peony.” The Impressionists, who enjoyed using Japanese subjects in their works, often included the anemone in their still life paintings. Using the Western medium of oil colour to depict the Japanese Fall Peony, representing his love for Japanese culture. In the work "Nature morte aux Anémone", the artist outlines the still life with rough and powerful black lines, which not only describes rationally, but also contributes to create atmosphere and emotion. The viewer's visual focus is concentrated on the two cups depicted in the center of the picture, though the subject matter is static, it reveals a sense of restless rhythm. The red peony and the yellow sugar container in front are clearly matched and contrasted brightly with each other. Flowers, one of the artist's favorites in his life, runs through the brushstrokes of various periods, witnessing the artist's new experience and perception of painting from classic techniques to another. The artistic essence of Buffet's use of objects to metaphor feelings is even more in line with the reserved and subtle self-cultivation character of the oriental people. The sharp and concise lines and unique space treatment in his brushwork undoubtedly share some similarities with traditional Japanese prints. "Nature morte aux Anémone" presents the artist’s uniquely charming style in the 1980s, definitely is a remarkable work.

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Ravenel Autumn Auction 2022 Taipei

Sunday, December 4, 2022, 2:00pm