Buffet produced religious pieces, landscapes, portraits and still-lifes. In 1946, he had his first painting shown, a self-portrait, at the Salon des Moins de Trente Ans at the Galerie Beaux-Arts. He had at least one major exhibition every year In 1955, he was awarded the first prize by the magazine Connaissance des Arts, which named the ten best post-war artists. Bernard Buffet was named "Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur" in 1973.
On 23 November 1973, the Bernard Buffet Museum was founded by Kiichiro Okano, in Surugadaira, Japan.
Buffet created more than 8,000 paintings and many prints as well.
Buffet committed suicide at his home in Tourtour, southern France, on 4 October 1999. More on Bernard Buffet