Jean Dubuffet
Leaves with Bird 1953

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Jean Dubuffet 1901–1985
Leaves with Bird
Feuillages à l'oiseau
Date 1953
Medium Lithograph on paper
Dimensions Image: 472 x 487 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1987
Not on display

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This was one of a series of lithographs that Dubuffet printed from collages of ink-stained paper. Many of them also included dried and pressed plants, supplied by a botanist friend of the artist. Dubuffet later described the transformation of these everyday plants as they became the raw materials of art: 'My little bit of grass soaked in ink becomes a tree, becomes a play of light on the ground, becomes a fantastic cloud in the sky, becomes a whirlpool, becomes breath, becomes cry, becomes gaze.'

September 2004

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