Communication Arts + Design were inspired by the Dubuffet Drawings, 1935-1962 exhibit at the Hammer Museum, which featured nearly 100 of Dubuffet’s drawings. Jean Dubuffet’s works dealt largely with the theme of beauty versus authenticity, whereby his drawings show more realistic forms rather than widely accepted forms of beauty. Dubuffet drew inspiration from graffiti as well as from the works of children and psychiatric patients, with the express desire to appeal to the common man. His influence can clearly still be seen in the works of many contemporary artists.
Jean Dubuffet, Corps de dame (Lady’s Body), June-December 1950
Pen and india ink. 10¾ × 8 3/8 in. (27.3 × 25.1 cm). The Joan and Lester Avnet Collection, Digital Image © The Museum of Modern Art/Licensed by SCALA / Art Resource, NY.
Jean Dubuffet, La fermière (The Farmer’s Wife), March 1955
Assemblage of imprints: collage of cut india-ink imprints with brush and ink, mounted on paperboard. 20½ × 25¼ in. (52 × 64 cm). The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation. Photography by Christopher Burke Studio. © 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.
Jean Dubuffet, Quatre personnages (Four Figures), July 1946
Gouache, with incising, on coarse sandpaper. 12 1/8 × 9½ in. (30.8 × 24.1 cm). Richard and Mary L. Gray and the Gray Collection Trust. Photography by Tom Van Eynde. © 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York /ADAGP, Paris.
Jean Dubuffet, Personnage au chapeau, seins bas superposes (Figure with a Hat , Superimposed Low Breasts), January 1952
Gouache and india ink. 14 ½ × 11 in. (36.8 × 27.9 cm). The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation. Photography by Christopher Burke Studio. © 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.