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Jean Dubuffet was a French painter and sculptor, whose career was marked by a resistance to the conventions of artistic practice. He favored the commonplace over the rarified, and the raw over the refined. He looked to the work of untrained artists and made use of unconventional materials and techniques. His idealistic approach to aesthetics embraced so called “low art”and eschewed traditional standards of beauty in favor of what he believed to be a more authentic and humanistic approach to image-making. Dubuffet’s interest in art-brut, the art of the insane, and that of the untrained person, whether a caveman or the originator of contemporary graffiti, led him to emulate this directly expressive and untutored style in his own work. His aggressively anti-cultural, anti-aesthetic attitude provided an example for members of the CoBrA group in Europe, and the American expressionist painters at mid century. He is now remembered as one of the outstanding innovators in postwar European painting.

Description: INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY JEAN DUBUFFET ON THE TITLE PAGE. Paperback copy in lithographic wraps. Text in French. The First edition of one of the first books illustrated by Jean Dubuffet, with two beautiful lithographs printed by Mourlot Frères , one in black – the cover “Cycling” (signed and dated 13 IX 44 in the plate), the the second in color, bound in as the frontispiece  “Riding Out” (signed and dated in the plate IX 44) . Limited edition, one of 140 copies printed on Arches (after 10 on japon ) for a total edition of 150 printed copies. Wear and some age toning to wrappers. Some age toning and offsetting to pages, otherwise very good. A rare Dubuffet title, exceedingly rare when inscribed by the artist.

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L’Homme du commun ou Jean Dubuffet
DuBuffet, Jean

Publisher: Pierre Seghers
Publication Date: 1 944
Binding: Paperback copy with b&w lithograph wrapper
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: Limited edition, one of 140 copies printed on Arches Paper

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