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Supervielle, Large Banner Portrait

A work made of oil on canvas.
© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.




Jean Dubuffet
French, 1901–1985

About this artwork

Jean Dubuffet had a vast knowledge of classical art and culture, but he sought a new path for his art based outside Western artistic conventions. He became a proponent of art brut (raw art), an anti-aesthetic inspired by the art of children, the mentally ill, prisoners, and those “unscathed by artistic culture, where mimicry plays little or no part.” In his quest for a dynamic, expressive, and authentic style, Dubuffet developed a technique of scratching into thickly impastoed paint surfaces, often mixed with materials from the earth, to produce raw, graffiti-like images. This painting of the poet Jules Supervielle comes from a series of crude portraits of Parisian writers and intellectuals that the artist made from his imagination, depersonalizing and transforming his subjects into caricatures of human types.


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Contemporary Art


Jean Dubuffet


Supervielle, Large Banner Portrait


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on canvas


No inscription


130.2 × 97.2 cm (51 1/4 × 38 1/4 in.)

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Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Maurice E. Culberg

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© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

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