Promeneur au regard pâle. 1957. Assemblage. Monotype and gouache. Loreau XII 123. Signed and dated in upper left, verso signed, dated and inscribed with the dimensions. On creme wove paper. 80.8 x 65.3 cm (31.8 x 25.7 in), the full sheet.
• From Dubuffet's work series of the "Assemblages d'empreintes". • A method characterized by technical liberties to overcome aesthetic conventions. • Part of the same Southern German private collection for more than 30 years. • Other works from this series are in possession of, among others, the London Tate Modern, the MoMA in New York, Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Armand Hammer Museum of Art in Los Angeles.
We are grateful to the Fondation Dubuffet, Paris, for their kind assistance in cataloging this lot.
PROVENANCE: Collection Jean Larcade / Galerie Rive Droite, Paris. Collection Jacques Ulmann, Paris. Jokubas Kazinikas Art Gallery, Mannheim (1980). Galerie Michael Haas, Berlin (acquired from aforementioned in 1987 with typographically inscribed gallery label on rear of the frame). Private collection Southern Germany (acquired from aforementioned in 1988).
EXHIBITION: Jean Dubuffet. Tableaux d'assemblages, Galerie Rive Droite, Paris, April 30 - May 23, 1957, cat. no. 3 D. Jean Dubuffet 1901-1985, Galerie Haas, Berlin, September 18 - November 7, 1987, cat. no. 10. Augen-Blicke. Das Auge in der Kunst des 20. Jahrhunderts, Kölnisches Stadtmuseum, April 13 - June 12, 1988; Villa Stuck, Munich, July 6 - September 4, 1988 (et al), p. 12 and cat. no. 37 (with full-page illu. on p. 89).
"You will never stop discovering Dubuffet. He has the authority of a great master and he has had the greatest influence on modern art since Picasso." John Kennedy, New York Times, 1962