Bernard Buffet: The Invention of the Modern Mega-artist (Paperback)

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As the first of the so-called Fabulous Five (Francoise Sagan, Roger Vadim, Brigitte Bardot and Yves Saint Laurent) Bernard Buffet was a leader of the cultural revolution that seemed to forge a new France from the shattered remains of a demoralized country. While still in his twenties he had a Rolls Royce, a chateau, an island, high society at his feet and a glittering future ahead. Yet his extraordinary fall from grace was engineered by the very establishment that created him. Once hailed as a genius he was later shunned as a joke. Today, almost 70 years after he first shot to fame as a 20 year old prodigy hailed as a successor to Picasso, critical opinion of his work remains sharply divided. His remarkable story is played out against the backdrop of the beau monde of the 1950s and 1960s in locations as diverse as St. Tropez, Tokyo, Paris, Dallas, St. Petersburg and New York. With the cooperation of the Buffet estate, this is the first in-depth biography of the artist to be published in English, and Foulkes has secured unique interviews and access to the Buffet legacy.

About the Author


Nicholas Foulkes is the author of around twenty books. He is best known for his critically acclaimed trilogy of nineteenth-century histories: Scandalous Society (a biography of Count d'Orsay); Dancing Into Battle, A Social History of the Battle of Waterloo; and Gentlemen and Blackguards: Gambling Mania and the Plot to Steal the Derby of 1844. He is a columnist for Country Life; a contributing editor to the FT's How To Spend It magazine, a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and luxury editor of British GQ. He is the founding editor of 'Vanity Fair on Art' and he has written on the arts for a wide range of periodicals. In 2009 he was appointed to the board of the Norman Mailer Center. He is a graduate of Hertford College, Oxford and lives in London with his wife and two sons.

Praise For…


"Splendidly unstuffy . . . first class." —the Times

"[A] fascinating account." —Bill Prince, Telegraph Luxury

"[A] thoroughly researched account of a life tinged with sadness, spent mostly in the studio, compulsively painting." —Independent

"Foulkes is really good at, the thing with which this book is happily stuffed, is snappy storytelling . . . [The] years of excess provide the book with its most entertaining stretches." —Sunday Times

"Whatever your opinion of the work of the prolific French expressionist Bernard Buffet, it’s not hard to be seduced by the premise of Nick Foulkes’ new biography, Bernard Buffet: The Invention of the Modern Mega-Artist." —Wallpaper*

"Foulkes has drowned himself in the subject and done some impressive research . . . He always has interesting things to say . . . bold and stylish." —Spectator

"Riveting." —Daily Mail

"Foulkes recounts, with skill and a sense of fun . . . especially good at evoking Fifties and Sixties French culture, with all the cigarette smoke, beautiful people and Paris-Match style is deserves." —Esquire

"A storyteller beyond compare." —The Rake

"A riveting read." —Metropolitan (Eurostar)


Product Details
ISBN: 9780099594222
ISBN-10: 0099594226
Publisher: Random House UK
Publication Date: May 1st, 2017
Pages: 400
Language: English