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Dubuffet Drawings


Isabelle Dervaux

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An important study of drawings, many of them rarely seen, by one of the most influential French artists of the twentieth century


Jean Dubuffet (1901–1985) achieved international recognition in the late 1940s for his paintings inspired by children’s drawings, the art of psychiatric patients and graffiti. Drawing played a major role in the development of his art as he explored on paper new subjects and techniques, experimenting with non-traditional tools and modes of application.

Despite his essential role in the post-war avant-garde and his continuous influence on the art of the following decades, Dubuffet has received less attention than other artists of his generation, such as Jackson Pollock or Willem de Kooning.

Dubuffet Drawings, 1935–1962 is the first major publication devoted to works on paper by one of the most important French artists of the twentieth century. Featuring more than one hundred drawings representing Dubuffet’s development during his most innovative decades – the 1940s and 1950s – the book includes rarely seen works and major pieces from public and private collections in the United States and France.

Published to accompany an exhibition at the Morgan Library & Museum, New York, and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.

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Book Details

Format: Quarterbound/PLC (no jacket)

Size: 27.9 x 23.0 cm

Extent: 216 pp

Publication date: 3 November 2016

ISBN: 9780500519011

Contents List

Introduction • Four Essays • Early drawings 1935–46 • Portraits, 1945–47 • Sahara 1947–49 • Corps de dame and other drawings 1949–52 • Terres radieuses 1952 • Botanical collages 1953–59 • Assemblages d’empreintes 1953–58 • Beards 1959 • Paris Circus 1961–62

About the Author

Isabelle Dervaux is the Acquavella Curator of Modern and Contemporary Drawings at the Morgan Library & Museum. She has published extensively on 20th-century art, including essays on Surrealist drawing, Arshile Gorky, Philip Guston, Mark Rothko and Jean Dubuffet.

Margaret Holben Ellis is Director of the Thaw Conservation Center at the Morgan Library and Museum.

List of Contributors

Margaret Holben Ellis, Alex Potts, Cornelia H. Butler, Lindsey Tyne, Jean Dubuffet