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JEAN DUBUFFET | Paris Plaisir II

1,000,000 - 1,500,000 EUR
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  • Jean Dubuffet
  • Paris Plaisir II
  • signed with the artist initials and dated 62; signed, inscribed and dated octobre 62 on the reverse
  • gouache and collage on paper
  • 67 x 81 cm; 26  1/4  x 32 in.
  • Executed on 24-29 October 1962.


Galerie Claude Bernard, Paris
Private Collection, France (acquired from the above in 1968)


Venise, Palazzo Grassi, L'Hourloupe di Jean Dubuffet, 15 June - 15 October 1964; catalogue, np., no. 15, illustrated
Paris, Galerie Claude Bernard, L'Hourloupe: Gouaches, 8 December 1964 - 31 January 1965; catalogue, np., no. 21, illustrated


Andreas Franzke, Dubuffet Zeichnungen, Munich, 1980, p. 270, illustrated
Max Loreau, Catalogue des travaux de Jean Dubuffet, L'Hourloupe I, Fascicule XX, Paris, 1995, p. 49, no. 97, illustrated 

Catalogue Note

Started on 24 October 1962, and finished on 12 May 1964, the bewitching Paris Plaisir series consists of only six pieces, among which only four are still in private hands, as Paris Plaisir I is kept at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs of Paris and Paris Plaisir IV at the Musée Granet, in Aix en Provence.
As one of the first expressions of the Hourloupe cycle, a perfect symbiosis between the distorted cityscapes and the hypnotic colorful compositions of Paris Circus, Paris Plaisir II is a work of historical importance. It captures the evolution of Dubuffet's art and provides the undeniable proof of his creative genius as well as unique artistic vision beyond the conventional framework of art.
Announcing the mind-blowing Paris Plaisir VI, sold a year and a half ago at Sotheby's Paris for the record price of one million and a half dollars, Paris Plaisir II was showed in the framework of the famous exhibition L'Hourloupe Di Jean Dubuffet held at the Centro Internazionale delle Arti e del Costume di Palazzo Grassi on the fringe of the 32nd Venice Biennale in 1964.
Kept nearly four decades in a prestigious French collection, Paris Plaisir II shows a dense and cheerful scene which style many wrongly likened to cartoon. But in reality, far from being a mere childish doodle, Paris Plaisir II is a piece of unpretentious, incredibly contemporary and poetical art inspired by a popular folklore Dubuffet celebrates.