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Bernard Buffet: painter and poser

Even Nick Foulkes’s eloquent pleading can’t turn this shallow master of self-promotion into Picasso’s rival — as he saw himself

16 January 2016

9:00 AM

16 January 2016

9:00 AM

Bernard Buffet: The Invention of the Modern Mega-Artist Nicholas Foulkes

Preface Publishing, pp.496, £25, ISBN: 9781848094444

Bernard Buffet was no one’s idea of a great painter. Except, that is, Pierre Bergé and Nick Foulkes. Bergé was Buffet’s original backer and boyfriend, later performing identical roles for Yves Saint-Laurent, turning the sensitive designer into a global ‘luxury brand’ and turning himself into one of France’s richest men with pistonnage to spare.

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