PRINT September 1996



THIS SPRING BROUGHT WITH IT the rare opportunity to view, in its entirety, the donation Jean Dubuffet made to the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in 1967. Presented under the title “Les Dubuffet de Jean Dubuffet ” (Jean Dubuffet’s Dubuffets), this exhibition comprised 21 paintings, 135 gouaches and drawings, as well as six sculptures, all produced between 1942 and 1966. It was unquestionably the best introduction to the work of an artist who, since his death in 1985, has yet to be acccorded a full retrospective. Most striking was the wealth of invention, the supreme indifference to hierarchies and genres—qualities evident from the very first works, through the stunning “Assemblages d’empreintes” (Imprint assemblages, 1955), which at times look very “photographic,” to the Matériologies (Materiologies, 1959–60), or the urban images of Paris-Circus, 1961–62, and culminating in the famous series “

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