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.

Date:

1945

Artist:

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.

On View

Contemporary Art, Gallery 398

Artist

Jean Dubuffet

Title

Supervielle, Large Banner Portrait

Origin

France

Date

1945

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

No inscription

Dimensions

130.2 × 97.2 cm (51 1/4 × 38 1/4 in. )

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Maurice E. Culberg

Reference Number

1950.1367

Copyright

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

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