Jean Dubuffet, ‘Personnage IV’, 1964, Phillips
Jean Dubuffet, ‘Personnage IV’, 1964, Phillips

Property Subject to the Artist's Resale Right (see Conditions of Sale for further information)

Signature: signed with the artist's initials and dated 'J.D. '64' lower right; further titled '"Personnage IV"' on the reverse

New York, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Jean Dubuffet, 1962-66, 27 October 1966 - 5 February 1967, no. 52, n.p (illustrated)
London, Waddington Galleries, Jean Dubuffet: Works on Paper 1974 - 85, 30 September 1987 - 24 October 1987

Max Loreau, Catalogue des Travaux de Jean Dubuffet. Fascicule XXI. L'Hourloupe II, Paris, 1968, no. 7, p. 15 (illustrated)

Galerie Beyeler, Basel
Saidenberg Gallery, New York
Mr and Mrs Robert Berry, New York
Mrs Ruth Harf
Sotheby's, New York, 5 October 1989, lot 63
Acquired at the above sale by 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