Jean Dubuffet, ‘Maquette for Personnage au chapeau’, Christie's

Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985)

Maquette for Personnage au chapeau

dated '23/4/61' (lower right) and extensively inscribed with artist's notations (lower margin)

printed paper collage and ink on acetate mounted on paper

25 x 13 3/4 in. (63.5 x 34.9 cm.)

Executed in 1961.

Signature: dated '23/4/61' (lower right) and extensively inscribed with artist's notations (lower margin)

New York, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Jean Dubuffet Retrospective, April-July 1973, p. 219, no. 213 (illustrated).

New York, Pace Gallery, Three Decades of Printmaking, October-November 1980.

M. Loreau, ed., Catalogue des travaux de Jean Dubuffet: Les Phenomenes, Lausanne, 1989, fascicule XVI, p. 221 (illustrated).

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph F. Colin, New York, acquired from the artist

Their sale; Christie's, New York, 9 May 1995, lot 397

Private collection, Florida

Private collection, New York

Donald Morris Gallery, New York

O’Hara Gallery, New York

Anon. sale; Christie's, New York 9 November 2005, lot 343

Private collection, New York

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