Description & Technical information

In Personnage Dubuffet has created his own take on ‘art brut’ with a primitive individual who completely eschews Western ideals of beauty. This piece shows the constant reworking of a fluid black line and, with the use of a monochromatic background that lacks any shadowing, recalls early primitive art. The spontaneity of line also hints at the artist’s interest in free expression which was so prevalent in ‘art brut’ and his life-long interest in graffiti as a 'mass-appeal' art form.

Date:  1960
Period:  20th century
Origin:  France
Medium: Ink on paper
Signature: Signed with the artist's initials and dated 'JD Juin 60' lower right

Dimensions: 30.5 x 23.6 cm (12 x 9¹/₄ inches)

Galerie Beyeler, Basel

Redfern Gallery, London

Collection of Mrs J S Busch (acquired from the above in 1972)

Brett Mitchell Collection, Inc. Lyndhurst, Ohio

Private Collection, United States

Private Collection, Palm Beach


M. Loreau, Catalogue des travaux de Jean Dubuffet; fascicule XVIII; Dessins (1960) Paris 1969 no 105 (illustrated p 64)


Basel, Galerie Beyelter, Jean Dubuffet, Feb - April 1965 no 76 (illustrated, unpaged)

Zurich Gimpel and Hanover Galerie, Jean Dubuffet, 27 Aug - 29 Sept 1965, no 26

Cologne, Galerie Rudolf Zwimer, Bilder von 1944-1964 von Jean Dubuffet, Oct 1965

Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints