Jean Dubuffet, ‘IL Y A’, 1979, Wright

Printed as an accordion-fold, or leporello, featuring screenprints by Dubuffet and printed poetry by Jacques Berne. This example is number 36 from the edition of 80 published by Editions Fata Morgana, and printed by Michael Kizlik and J.J. de Broutelles with typography printed by l'Imprimerie de la Charité. Sold with copies of original receipt and certificate from Loewy. Retains original folio wraps with printed cover and tipped-in exterior.

Signature: Signed by both Dubuffet and Berne.

Librairie Alexandre Lowey, Paris | Private Collection

About Jean Dubuffet

In his seminal modernist paintings, Jean Dubuffet delved deep into questions of ground and materiality. Such themes were highly charged during the post–WWII period in which he worked, shortly after the destruction of many European cities as well as the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the war. The surfaces of his canvases are thick and clotted; their aesthetic is muddy and scatological. Dubuffet coined the term “Art Brut” to describe the kind of work that he collected and aspired toward: the untrained, outsider art of alienated groups, including children and the mentally ill. His own paintings are purposefully “deskilled,” often possessing the spontaneity and crude aesthetic of finger paintings.

French, 1901-1985, Le Havre, France, based in Paris, France