Stephen Bayley

The painter as poser

Even Nick Foulkes’s eloquent pleading can’t turn this shallow master of self-promotion into Picasso’s rival — as he saw himself

Bernard Buffet was no one’s idea of a great painter. Except, that is, Pierre Bergé and Nick Foulkes. Bergé was Buffet’s original backer and boyfriend, later performing identical roles for Yves Saint-Laurent, turning the sensitive designer into a global ‘luxury brand’ and turning himself into one of France’s richest men with pistonnage to spare.

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