Jean Dubuffet - Evening Editions New York Thursday, April 21, 2011 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    gift from Pierre Matisse; then by descent

  • Literature

    Sophie Webel 13-46

  • Catalogue Essay

    Dubuffet was forty-three years old when he produced his first prints, during an apprenticeship of master lithographer, Fernand Mourlot. “There, Jean Dubuffet literally attacks the stone and completes, in a few weeks, his first large series of lithographs which Mourlot, as a shrewd publisher, proposes to bring together in the form of an album. Some of the subjects were: Plumeuse [Chicken plucker], Moncheur [Nose blower], Raccommodeuse de chausettes [Sockmender], Dactylographe [Typist], (and) Mouleuse de café [Coffee grinder] and Dubuffet described them as “our little daily actions so habitual and which, in reality, if we consider them from a new angle, by making abstraction of all of them, appear so unique and also so moving.” Jean Dubuffet, Prospectus et tous écrits suivants, Paris, Gallimara, 1967, volume I, p. 32
    Titles include in plate order: Cyclotourisme; Maison forestière; Le salut de la fenêtre; Déjeuner de poisson; Travaux d’aiguille; Négresse; Profil d’homme moustachu; Ingénue; Raccommodeuse de chaussettes; Nutrition; Départ à cheval; Paysage avec deux hommes et trois perdrix; Leveuse de bras; Chevauchée; Pianiste; Femme et son petit; Paysage; Dactylographe; Promenade en auto; Mangeurs de’oiseaux; Sophisticated Lady; Mademoiselle Swing; Profil viril; Maternité; Vache no 1; Vache no 2; Vache no 3; Vache no 4; Valse; Le supplice du téléphone; Plumeuse; and Moucheur.



Matière et mémorie, ou les lithographs à l’école

The complete set of thirty-four lithographs, two in colors, on seventeen sheets of Auvergne paper, printed on both sides and folded in the center (as issued), the full sheets, with text by Francis Ponge,
13 1/2 x 10 1/2 in. (34.3 x 26.7 cm)
stamp numbered 35 on the justification, from the edition of 50 and 10 hors commerce copies, each annotated '1'-`34' respectively in pencil, printed and published by Fernand Mourlot, Paris, some with pale moisture staining, occasional offsetting and foxing, one with an accretion at center image, otherwise all in good condition, loose, contained in original brown wove paper covers with label on spine and slipcase (minor splitting at seams).

$15,000 - 25,000 

Sold for $52,500

Evening Editions

21 April 2011
New York