Galerie Charles Ratton, Paris Private Collection, Spain Acquired from the above by the present owner
Max Loreau, Ed., Catalogue des Travaux de Jean Dubuffet, Fascicule IV: Roses d'Allah, Clowns du Désert, Lausanne 1967, p. 69, no. 103, illustrated
“Starting in 1947, he created a series of Arab paintings which celebrated their alternative universe of values that countered the European outlook…This newest Dubuffet species is comprised of people at one with their surroundings. He described such individuals as identifying themselves with 'wind, trees, rivers', in other words, their lives demonstrate “the continuity of all things in the world” (Mark Rosenthal, ‘Jean Dubuffet: Master Disrupter’, in: Exh. Cat., New York, Acquavella Galleries, Jean Dubuffet: Anticultural Positions, New York 2016, pp. 16-18).
Colour: The colour in the catalogue illustration is fairly accurate.
This work is in very good condition. The sheet is hinged verso to the backing board in the two upper corners and undulates slightly. The upper edge of the sheet is unevenly cut. There are artist's pinholes along all four edges. Close inspection reveals a tiny dogear to the lower right hand corner tip and some minute nicks in intermittent places along all four extreme edges. Further close inspection reveals light creasing in places to the extreme edges, most notably to the lower left corner. Very close inspection reveals some tiny specks of paint flaking to the areas of slightly thicker paint, most notably to the leaves on the trees. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."