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Guy Buffet


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Guy Buffet was born in Paris on January 13, 1943. Although his parents were in the restaurant business, they were fond of art, and Guy learned early that his neighborhood had once been the home of such artistic figures as Chagall, Matisse, Picasso, and Modigliani. “At home there was always talk about these famous painters,” he says, “and I used to listen to these conversations while doing my homework at the kitchen table. I remember drawing on napkins and the linen tablecloths while my brothers were busy with kitchen preparations.”

On his twelfth birthday, his mother gave him his first box of paints, a couple of brushes, a wooden easel, and several canvases. The young Buffet was soon
displaying paintings on the walls of the family restaurant. He sold his first watercolor painting to an American who was visiting the family restaurant that next year.

At age 14 he was transferred from public school to the famed Beaux Arts de Toulon and later studied advanced painting in Paris. By age 18, he joined the French Navy where his artistic abilities were so distinguished, he was named the official artist of the French Navy and given the prestigious assignment to “paint the world.”
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