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Jean Dubuffet
1901 - 1985

signed with the artist's initials and dated '78

acrylic, ink and paper collage mounted on canvas
68 by 101 in. 172.7 by 256.5 cm.
Executed on May 30, 1978.
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James Goodman Gallery, New York
Acquired by the present owner from the above in May 1979


Chicago, The David and Alfred Smart Gallery, University of Chicago, Jean Dubuffet: Forty Years of His Art, October - December 1984
Paris, Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, Les Dernières Années, June - September 1991, cat. no. 51, p. 77, illustrated in color


Max Loreau, ed., Catalogue des travaux de Jean Dubuffet: Fascicule XXXII: Théâtres de mémoire, Lausanne, 1979, cat. no. 86, p. 84, illustrated

Catalogue Note

“Art addresses itself to the mind, and not to the eyes. It has always been considered in this way by primitive peoples, and they are right. Art is a language, instrument of knowledge, instrument of expression. Painting is, in my opinion a language more richer than that of words. So it is quite useless to look for rationalizations in art. Painting is a language much more immediate, and, at the same time, much more charged with meaning. Painting can also, and it is very remarkable, conjure things more or less, as wanted. I mean: with more or less presence. That is to say: at different stages between being and not being. At last, painting can conjure things not isolated, but linked to all that surrounds them: a great many things simultaneously.
On the other hand, painting is much more immediate language, and much more direct, than the language of words: much closer to the cry, or to the dance. That is why painting is a way of expression of our inner voices much more effective than that of words.” (Jean Dubuffet, Jean Dubuffet, exhibition catalogue, Basel, Galerie Beyeler, 1965, n.p.)

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