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Jean Dubuffet, Plage aux baigneurs (Beach with Bathers), 1944, pen and ink on paper, 6 3/8 × 9". © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris.

Jean Dubuffet

The Morgan Library & Museum

Jean Dubuffet, Plage aux baigneurs (Beach with Bathers), 1944, pen and ink on paper, 6 3/8 × 9". © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris.

The Morgan Library & Museum’s impressive and comprehensive “Dubuffet Drawings, 1935–1962” comes at the end of a recent wave of Dubuffet mania that spawned three other New York shows: at the Museum of Modern Art, the American Folk Art Museum, and Acquavella Galleries. While the Morgan’s exhibition putatively focuses on Dubuffet as draftsman, drawing here is broadly defined. The works on paper range in material from graphite pencil and watercolor to india ink imprints, wax crayon, gouache, butterfly-wing collages, incised scratchboards, and paint with gum arabic.

Curated by Isabelle Dervaux, the show highlights the artist’s penchant for creating paper versions of the many series of larger-scale oil paintings for which he is best known. To this end, and by way of comparison, two of the wall labels (for Mouleuse de café [Woman Grinding Coffee], 1945, and Portrait de Jules Supervielle

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