Property from a Private Collection, St. Simons Island, GA
Guy Buffet (Hawaii/France, b. 1943) Washington Square Bar & Grill, San Francisco, Acrylic, 1990, signed lower right, depicting active restaurant and bar. Frame size: 44 in. x 51 in. Guy Buffet was born in Paris on January 13, 1943. His parents were in the restaurant business and were fond of art. Guy Buffet learned early that his neighborhood had once been the home of such artistic figures as Chagall, Matisse, Picasso, and Modigliani. 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 â€˜paint the world.â€™ Depicting French sommeliers, chefs, and waiters mid-shift, Guy consistently captures the spirit and passion of the French people and their love of fine cuisine. (AskArt.com)
Provenance: purchased from Lahaina Galleries, Hawaii in 1999 for $35,000 with authentication certificate from them.