Dubuffet Drawings

Dubuffet Drawings


(Published in association with The Morgan Library & Museum)
  1. Isabelle Dervaux
  2. With contributions by Margaret Holben Ellis
  • ISBN 9780500519011
  • 27.90 x 23.00 cm
  • Quarterbound/PLC (no jacket)
  • 216pp
  • With 181 illustrations in colour and black and white
  • First published 2016

An important new study of drawings, many of them rarely seen, by one of the most influential French artists of the 20th century

Dubuffet Drawings

Jean Dubuffet (1901–1985) achieved international recognition in the late 1940s for his paintings inspired by children’s drawings, the art of psychiatric patients and graffiti. Drawing played a major role in the development of his art as he explored on paper new subjects and techniques, experimenting with non-traditional tools and modes of application.

Despite his essential role in the post-war avant-garde and his continuous influence on the art of the following decades, Dubuffet has received less attention than other artists of his generation, such as Jackson Pollock or Willem de Kooning.

Dubuffet Drawings, 1935–1962 is the first major publication devoted to works on paper by one of the most important French artists of the 20th century. Featuring more than one hundred drawings representing Dubuffet’s development during his most innovative decades – the 1940s and 1950s – the book includes rarely seen works and major pieces from public and private collections in the United States and France.

Published to accompany an exhibition at the Morgan Library & Museum, New York, and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles

Isabelle Dervaux is the Acquavella Curator of Modern and Contemporary Drawings at the Morgan Library & Museum.
Margaret Holben Ellis is Director of the Thaw Conservation Center at the Morgan.
Lindsey Tyne is Assistant Paper Conservator at the Morgan. Alex Potts is the Max Loehr Collegiate Professor in the Department of History of Art at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Cornelia Butler is Chief Curator of the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.