Voyage au Japon (enrichi)

Bernard Buffet

1981

Illustrated book

Vol. 35 x 50 cm.

Illustrated with 24 original color lithographs by Bernard Buffet, who also calligraphed the text.

One of 200 copies, this one enriched with an original full-page gouache and India ink 47.2 x 32 cm, signed in ink by the artist and dedicated on verso "Pour Madame et Georges S. affectueusement signé B. Buffet".

Éd. Alain Mazo, Paris.

Catalog raisonné: Sorlier 365-388

Bernard Buffet travelled to Japan in 1981 to visit the "Bernard Buffet" museum, created by one of his passionate collectors Kiichiro Okano, and inaugurated in the town of Surugada in 1973. His passion for the land of the rising sun became an inspiration, and it was no doubt with this in mind that he decided to illustrate his wife's diary that same year.

Voyage au Japon is a 104-page illustrated book combining story and image. The story was written by Annabel Buffet during the couple's trip to Japan. In the style of a logbook, she recounts her impressions and fascination in discovering Japanese daily life and lifestyles. Bernard Buffet incorporates twenty-four lithographs to illustrate this experience in "this country at the end of the world", inviting us to travel and discover Japan through the eyes of the Buffet couple.

Opposite the justification, the artist has painted a bouquet of anemone in a vase with a long, narrow, orange-red neck, with a few stylized green leaves on a yellow background. This watercolor is signed by the artist in ink, making this a unique work.