Le Christ : Ayez Pitié, Christ: Have Mercy, c. 1961
76 x 56 cm
Christ: Have Mercy is a common name of an important prayer of Christian liturgy, also called the Kyrie eleison. Τhe phrase Kýrie, eléison, or one of its equivalents in other languages, is one of the most oft-repeated phrases in Eastern Christianity, including the Eastern Orthodox and Eastern Catholic Churches. The various litanies, frequent in that rite, generally have Lord, have mercy as their response. The phrase is the origin of the Jesus Prayer, beloved by Christians of that rite and increasingly popular amongst Western Christians. More on Christ: Have Mercy
Bernard Buffet (10 July 1928 – 4 October 1999) was a French painter of Expressionism and a member of the anti-abstract art group L’homme Témoin (the Witness-Man).
Buffet was born in Paris, France, and studied art there at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts and worked in the studio of the painter Eugène Narbonne.
Buffet produced religious pieces, landscapes, portraits and still-lifes. In 1946, he had his first painting shown, a self-portrait, at the Salon des Moins de Trente Ans at the Galerie Beaux-Arts. He had at least one major exhibition every year In 1955, he was awarded the first prize by the magazine Connaissance des Arts, which named the ten best post-war artists. Bernard Buffet was named “Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur” in 1973.
On 23 November 1973, the Bernard Buffet Museum was founded by Kiichiro Okano, in Surugadaira, Japan.
Buffet created more than 8,000 paintings and many prints as well.
Buffet committed suicide at his home in Tourtour, southern France, on 4 October 1999. More on Bernard Buffet
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