"Eclecticism" was the term applied to this sale in Nice. It featured a horse by Mata, a mantelpiece by Majorelle and above all a mournful clown by Buffet, which certainly moved collectors.
Bernard Buffet (1928-1999), Tête de clown, 1989, oil on canvas, 100 x 73 cm.
Signed, of course, by Bernard Buffet, and dated 1989, a Tête de clown (Clown's Head) landed €499,200, taking it to the high end of prices garnered by the painter (source: Artnet). As we know, this circus figure was one of his favourite subjects, which he frequently celebrated, notably in his book devoted to this world: Mon cirque (Paris, Fernand Mourlot, 1968), containing no fewer than 44 lithographs on the theme. NB: the back of the painting here carries the stamp of the Maurice Garnier gallery, which gave a certificate to the buyer.