Jean Dubuffet, ‘Personnage en marche’, 1962, Sotheby's

Property of a Descendant of Frank Perls

Signature: signed with the artist's initials and dated 62

Paris, Galerie Claude Bernard, L’Hourloupe: gouaches, August 1964 - January 1965, cat. no. 17, n.p., illustrated

Max Loreau, Ed., Catalogue de Travaux de Jean Dubuffet, Fascicule XX: L'Hourloupe I, Paris 1966, cat. no. 56, p. 32, illustrated
Andreas Franzke, Dubuffet Zeichnungen, Munich 1980, p. 268, illustrated

Galerie Claude Bernard, Paris
Frank Perls, Beverly Hills
Thence by descent to the present owner

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