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The galerie DIL welcomes you in its premisses located at the 86, Faubourg Saint-Honoré street. Come and discover the gallery with around thirty modern artworks by famous artists such as Fernand Léger, Bernard Buffet, Victor Vasarely ... 
Our team has a great knowledge of these artists and their works and will be able to answer all of your questions about the paintings on display.
Finally, the DIL gallery offers you a free estimate of your works, carried out by experts in modern painting.

The exhibited artists

The DIL gallery offers you the work of several modern artists who had a great impact on the 20th century painting's history.
Our collection includes in particular a large number of artworks from two emblematic artists: Bernard Buffet and Fernand Léger. Let's learn more about these two figures of the modern art. 

Fernand Léger

Fernand Léger was born on 4th December 1881, in Argentan (Orne) and died on 17th August 1955 in Gif-sur-Yvette. He was a french painter who also created tapissery or stained glass cardboard, was a decorator, a ceramist, a sculptor, a designer and an illustrator.

He was one of the first to publicly exhibit Cubist-oriented work. 

His Norman origins, that come from a herding father and his outspokenness, have often made Fernand Léger the "peasant of the avant-garde".


The first steps in art

At nineteen, he discovered the Paris of 1900 and settled in the Montparnasse district and attended painting academies.

From 1903, Léger shared a studio with the painter André Mare. In 1907, like many painters from Paris, he was very moved by the retrospective devoted to Cézanne. This definitively directs his painting. The same year, he discovered Picasso and Braque's cubism.

The painter soon get into the effervescence of Paris' artistic life and, from 1908, worked alongside Modigliani, Laurens and above all Alexander Archipenko. Located at La Ruche in 1908, he became friend with Blaise Cendrars, Max Jacob and Guillaume Apollinaire and dialogued, among others, with the painter Robert Delaunay and also with Marc Chagall, Chaïm Soutine, Chaim Jacob Lipchitz, Pierre Reverdy and Maurice Raynal. 

Fernand Léger and the cubism

He painted La Couseuse, in 1910, which is the beginning of its cubist artwork. A cluster of geometric lines housed in a short space, the canvas is close to the massive figures of Picasso painted the same year. However, with Nu dans la forêt (1909-1910), Léger presents his own cubism, although he certainly drew inspiration from Picasso’s work of the same title.

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la couseuse, huile sur toile, 1910

Regular spectator of the Medrano's circus, Fernand Léger paint acrobatsclownsjugglers whose "mechanized" bodies have the same value as objects and decorations.

He married Jeanne Lohy in 1919. They met before the war in Paris' intellectual circles. Jeanne will be his war godmother and will maintain a rich correspondence with the artist.

Fernand Léger: the art teacher

In 1924, Fernand Léger got closer to the purists and participated in the press L’Esprit nouveau. He founded with Amédée Ozenfant the Academy of Modern Art at 86, rue Notre-Dame-Des-Champs in Paris. The latter would teach there until 1928. This academy would become the Academy of Contemporary Art in 1934.

In October 1940, he moved in Marseille, from where he sailed to the United States. There, he taught at Yale University with Henri Focillon, Darius Milhaud and André Maurois.

A painter involved in politics

The French painter joined the French Communist Party in 1945, of which he remained a member until the end of his life. In 1946, he reopened his workshop at Place Jules-Ferry in Montrouge.

His late carrer

In the beginning of the 1950s, Fernand Léger participated with Jean Bazaine and Jean Le Moal to the decoration of the Church of the Sacred Heart, built in a working-class district of Audincourt (Doubs), for which he designed the seventeen stained glass windows of the nave and the choir and draws the cartoons for the tapestry located behind the high altar.

In 1952, he married Nadia Khodossievitch

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Nadia Khodossievitch

Fernand Léger success after his death

A few months before his death in 1955, Fernand Léger bought the Mas Saint-André, located at the foot of the village of Biot. In here Nadia Léger, his widow, and Georges Bauquier, his close collaborator, decided to create a museum to pay homage to him and promote knowledge of his work.

The building incorporates a huge mosaic on the facade, initially planned by Léger for the decoration of the Hanover stadium, but never completed.

In 1969, the founders donated the building, the land and a rich collection of over three hundred artworks to the French State. André Malraux, Minister of State for Cultural Affairs, received the donation during an official event which ended with a gala held at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes. 
Le musée Léger becomes a national museum and, according to the terms of the donation, the founders remain directors for life.

Fernand Léger's bond with Normandy

If Fernand Léger died in Gif-sur-Yvette in Essone and lived in Paris, he was born and raised in Normandy, as his painting testifies. The artist was thus born in Argentan in the Orne and has never cut ties with his region of origin.

In 1922, his mother gave him this farm in Lisores, a house in which he would go and recharge his batteries for 30 years as soon as he had the opportunity and in which there was a painting studio. In the 1970s, his wife, Nadia Léger, opened this place to the public. 40 years later, the art dealer Jean du Chatenet reactivated this project.

The beneficiaries and holders of the moral rights of Fernand Léger, descendants of Nadia Léger, chairing the Comité Léger, inform professionals and amateurs of the art market that, to date, no authorization has been given to a third party for the publication of a catalog raisonné of works on paper by Fernand Léger.

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Contraste de formes, Fernand Léger, 1913
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Le puit, Gouache sur papier, 1950
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Composition à la Fleur - Gouache sur papier, 1952
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L'église d'Ansauville, huile sur toile, 1968
Atelier de la baume, dessin au crayon, 1997
La plage de Saint-Cast, huile sur toile, 1964

Bernard Buffet

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Bernard Buffet

Bernard Buffet was born on July 10, 1928 in the 9th arrondissement of Paris.

He was raised in the 17th arrondissement of Paris in theo 29 rue des Batignolles where he began to paint and draw at the age of ten. Very young, he spent time with the artist Marie-Thérèse Auffray who taught him painting and became his mentor. Expelled from the Lycée Carnot in 1939, he attended evening classes in the city of Paris in 1942 at Place des Vosges where Paul Darbefeuille introduced him to drawing.

His first steps in painting

Bernard Buffet wins the entrance exam to the National School of Fine Arts in December 1943 at the age of fifteen. The latter then spent two years in the studio of the painter Eugène Narbonne, where he was soon considered as very talented. He left to work alone in the maid's room in the family apartment in 1945. On the occasion of a vacation in Saint-Cast-le-Guildo (Brittany), he paints beach pictures. In 1946, he exhibited his first painting, a self-portrait, at the below 30 years old Salon at the Galerie des Beaux-Arts.

First exhibits

He then exhibits L’Homme accoudé at the Salon des Indépendants in 1947. In December, his first private exhibition presented by Pierre Descarques at the Librairie des impressions d'art, organized by Guy Weelen and Michel Brient, took place. The State, through Raymond Cogniat, made its first purchase for the Musée national d’art moderne de Paris, the painting Nature morte au poulet.

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Buveur Assis, huile sur toile, 1948

In april 1948, he unveil a new painting Le Buveur at the Young Painting Prize organized at the Drouant-David gallery, 52, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré in Paris. He did not win the prize, but Doctor Maurice Girardin, a contemporary art collector who acquired seventeen of his works between 1948 and 1953, defended his painting with passion and drew Emmanuel David's attention to this young painter.

Bernard Buffet's success

A few days later, Emmanuel David goes to the apartment at 29 rue des Batignolles and offers Bernard Buffet to enter his gallery with an exclusive contract. This contract was subsequently shared with Maurice Garnier.

The following June, at the Saint-Placido gallery in Paris, he won the Critics' Prize ex-aequo with Bernard Lorjou, who was twenty years older.

In 1949 Pierre Descargues publishes Bernard Buffet at the France's literary press. Bernard Buffet married Agnès Nanquette (1923-1976), a friend from the Beaux-Arts, with whom he divorced the following year.

Bernard Buffet and Annabel Schwob

In 1958, the first retrospective of his work at the Charpentier gallery in Paris. Pierre Bergé publishes Bernard Buffet. In May of the same year, he met Annabel Schwob in Saint-Tropez. It's love at first sight. She she had several relationships at the time and Bernard had just left Pierre Bergé, who he had been living with for several years and who had been managing his career.

On 12th December, 1958, Buffet married Annabel Schwob in Rammatuelle. Buffet was to paint her tirelessly; in 1961 one of his exhibitions was titled "Thirty Times Annabel Schwob".

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In 1961, he created a set of paintings showing the life of Christ to decorate the chapel of Château l'Arc, in the town of Fuveau. Ten years later, at the request of Monsignor Pasquale Macchi, secretary of Pope Paul VI, Bernard Buffet offered these paintings to the Vatican Museum where they are exhibited in a special room.

Maurice Druon published Bernard Buffet, legends of Annabel Buffet, images by Luc Fournol in 1964. Bernard Buffet bought La Vallée in Saint-Cast where he would work until 1970.

In November 25th 1973, was the inauguration of Musée Bernard Buffet, created by Kiichiro Okano, at Surugadaira in Japan.

Elected in the Academy of Beaux-Arts in March 13, 1974 in the chair of Paul Jouve, Bernard Buffet was then the youngest academician.

Annabel published D’amour et d’eau fraîche in 1986; the same year the book Bernard Buffet by Yann Le Pichon in two volumes (which won the Elie-Faure prize) comes out.

Bernard Buffet's death

Bernard Buffet, diminished by Parkinson's disease, committed suicide by asphyxiation on October 4, 1999 in his workshop in Domaine de la Baume near Tourtour (Var). He is found suffocated in a black plastic bag on which his name was printed with a particular calligraphy.

On November 2007 the 3rd volume of Yann Le Pichon's monography Bernard Buffet, covering the years between 1982 and 1999, was published.

The Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris organizes a Bernard Buffet's retrospective from October 14, 2016 to March 5, 2017 as well as the musée de Montmartre from October 18, 2016 to March 12, 2017

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Getting in touch

The DIL gallery welcomes you to its premisses located at 86 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré from Monday to Saturday

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Getting in touch

The DIL gallery welcomes you to its premisses located at 86 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré from Monday to Saturday

Opening hours


Follow the gallery