He was born in Sainte Croix-Hague next to
Cherbourg, and led a career as a mathematics professor while also dedicating
his life to the search for "the real place” at the end of a daydream - adaydream dear to his favorite philosopher, Gaston Bachelard. He created poemsand surrealist collages from 1930, and collaborated with artistic reviews and
publications from 1936 to 1939.
Upon his return from captivity in
Czechoslovakia, he became a member of the Surrealist Revolutionary Group from
1947 to 1949 with Noel Arnaud, Jean Laude and Christian Dotremont. While
continuing to pursue the art of collage, he enriched his palate with painting
and sculpture. He created a new pictorial technique: "photopeinture” with much
time spent in a darkroom…
His meeting with Emile Malespine gave rise
to a friendship, and many the two would exchange and compare many techniques.
Bucaille regularly went to Clairefontaine in the Yvelines to visit the former
house of Malespine, and it was in this magical safe haven that he would create
his paintings and sculptures.
He was a founding and prominent member of
the international group "Fantasmagie”. He is considered one of the masters of
fantastical realism. He was also a member of the Collège de Pataphysique.
Creator, seeker, tireless experimenter, he
never stopped perfecting his techniques. Always moving, much like his work,
with the constant desire to innovate, to surpass himself, putting everything in
question, life, his work…
The exact opposite of a static painting,
those of Bucaille express movement, explosions, the creation of worlds, mineral
waves, abysses, worlds in the making, waves of colors, cosmic paintings, cosmic
chaos. Everything is movement.
Creator of a poetic and surprising worldthat is deeply moving. His collages are poetic, analytical, political,
unmanned, dreamlike, aporetic… they represent and invitation to an inner
This humble man’s curiosity knew no bounds.
And it far exceeded the scope of his art. Passionate about fantasy, he was also
highly interested in irrational mathematics and learnings from Oriental
An entire lifetime pursuing a passionate
inner journey, culminating in an exceptional body of work.
invites us dream, to follow him into his world, along the road of imaginationthat is open to everyone.