Lot 590: Jean Dubuffet

RR Auction

RR Auction

2015-06-29 15:01:46

Lot 590: French painter and sculptor (1901–1985) known for his authentic and humanistic approach. TLS in French, one page, 5.25 x 8.25, August 19, no year but circa 1940s. Letter to Jakovsky. In part (translated): "Paul Budry is in Paris. Your three articles themselves are well managed. I am very interested in this new article about me on which you are working, and very impatient to have knowledge. I received lots of new material for ART BRUT. I await the return of the holidays to talk to Gallimard with Paulhan, show all my files and arrange something specific and concrete with him. At least I think it will work well. Nobody in Paris at this time, it is true everyone is gone, no one has ever seen it. I wait for permission to move my car and also if I go get it. I work diligently on the paintings. I did not even make the image for postcards, but I think. Patience. Holiday. Good friendships." Central horizontal fold passing through the signature and uniform toning, otherwise fine condition. Between July 1945 and August 1947, Dubuffet drew and painted about twenty-eight portraits of Jean Paulhan, who was the longtime editor of La nouvelle revue française—a literary magazine that had been founded by publisher Gaston Gallimard. Paul Budry was also a reputable art critic of the time. Also notable is Dubuffet's mention of 'art brut,' a term which he coined to refer to the 'outsider art' that he collected and popularized. The recipient of the letter, Anatole Jakovsky, was also a critic and collector who established a museum in Nice for 'naive art.' A fantastic letter rife with artistic associations. RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 453 Sunday, 17th May 2015 Estimate: $200-400
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