Jean Dubuffet Monsieur Plume with Creases in his Trousers (Portrait of Henri Michaux) 1947

Artwork details

Artist
Jean Dubuffet 1901–1985
Title
Monsieur Plume with Creases in his Trousers (Portrait of Henri Michaux)
Monsieur Plume plis au pantalon (Portrait d'Henri Michaux)
Date 1947
Medium Oil paint and grit on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1302 x 965 mm
frame: 1369 x 1035 x 72 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1980
Reference
T03080

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The outline figure in this work is roughly gouged into the thick paint, the face and body scarred and crumpled. The title identifies it as a caricature of the poet-painter Henri Michaux, whose writings featured ‘Monsieur Plume’, a semi-autobiographical comic character. It belongs to a group of unconventional portraits made from memory of Dubuffet’s artistic and literary friends. The series was exhibited under the title ‘Portraits with extracted Likeness, with Likeness cooked and confected in the Memory, with Likeness exploded in the Memory of Mr Jean Dubuffet’.

July 2008