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Jean Dubuffet

Personnage, 1960

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Lot 31
India ink and wash on paper
12.0 x 9.2 in (30.5 x 23.5 cm)
Signed and dated on recto


This work ships from Germany.


’Personnage’ is part of an ambitious series of drawings undertaken by Jean Dubuffet in 1960 when he tired of painting. Influenced by prehistoric art, it reveals a grimacing figure in profile, minimally sketched and awash in tones of greyscale. The work was originally released alongside a special edition of Daniel Courdier’s ‘Les Dessins de Jean Dubuffet’ (1960) when Dubuffet refused to print lithographs for the books.

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About Jean Dubuffet

Jean Dubuffet (French, 1901-1985) is largely regarded as one of the most important artists of the 20th century. Only embracing an artistic career at the age of 41, Dubuffet was an experimentalist who worked across almost all mediums. Rejecting academic notions of art, he championed the work of outsiders, those artists untrained and untouched by traditional artistic culture, and founded the Art Brut movement. Dubuffet’s work emphasizes the individual, the expressive, and the abstract, and can be found in numerous institutions worldwide.