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Bernard Buffet


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Told for the first time, the extraordinary story of Bernard Buffet the most famous artist in the world you have never heard of.

About the Author

Nicholas Foulkes is the author of over 20 books. His most recent include, Bernard Buffet- The Invention of the Modern Mega-artist and Patek Phillipe- The Authorized Biography. His books have been published by Little, Brown, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, Flammarion, Assouline, Random House and Thomas Dunne Books in the USA.He contributes to a wide range of newspapers and magazines around the world. For over 20 years he has written the Bolivar cigar column for Country Life. He is 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 launched and continues to edit Vanity Fair's twice yearly watch magazine On Time. In 2007 he was named Havana Man of the Year by the Cuban government, having been nominated for this award on four previous occasions. He is a graduate of Hertford College, Oxford and lives in London with his wife and two sons.


"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" * The 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." * The 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." * The Spectator *
"A timely reappraisal of Buffet's work and a haunting account of a glittering career that ended in tragedy" * Daily Mail *
"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) *
"A fascinating portrait of French cultural life in the second half of the 20th century, and of the contemporary art market, told with aplomb by Foulkes." * Sunday Express *
"[Nicholas Foulkes] has a sure eye and ear for the nuances of hierarchy in both Euro-trash's sumps and the art world. His book is diligently researched, elegantly written and well-paced. He does period colour and local colour with discretion and seldom dramatizes incidents" * Country Life *
"A compelling read" * French Property News *
"Art lovers will enjoy this book, so too will those keen to gain access to a long-lost world of creative glamour" * French Entree *
"[a] lively biography... the book will surely go some way to reinvigorating an interest in the artist and his better work" * Country & Town House magazine *
"Foulkes deserves much credit for trawling through so much French archive material and for allowing himself to become so obsessed with his subject that he could extract riveting detail and exclusive interviews... art lovers will enjoy this book, so too will those keen to gain access to a long- lost world of creative glamour" * France Today magazine *
"an absorbing story" * The Catholic Herald *
"A compelling and detailed study of a controversial painter." * France Magazine *
"Riveting" * Porter *
"Foulkes uses his unique perspective to introduce Buffet, a former darling of the rich and famous, to today's public." * Ravenel International Art Group *

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