Michel Tapié - Grand Duc, Jean Dubuffet
Jean Dubuffet
Michel Tapié - Grand Duc
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Jean Dubuffet

Michel Tapié - Grand Duc, 1946

83 x 67.5 cm
Physical Description
Oil on plaster on canvas
Inventory Number
SG 1252
Acquired in 1980
On display, lower level, Contemporary Art, room 16


About the Work

Jean Dubuffet’s ‘Tapié grand-duc’ has little in common with the classical portrait. He sketched his art-critic friend Michel Tapié with just a few lines. The small eyes are closely spaced in the large, deformed head. The pasty mixture of oil paint and plaster creates a striking sense of plasticity. The work reveals a preoccupation with Art Brut, the art of the mentally ill, whose primitive, anti-academic aesthetic Dubuffet admired. He took painting and portraiture back to a raw state and produced an image as full of violence and destruction as it is of humour and irony.

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KunstIStück – Jean Dubuffet: Tapié Grand-Duc
Sammlungshighlights des Städel Museums in unterhaltsamen und informativen Filmen – das sind die Kunst|Stücke. Entdecken Sie spannende Details zu Kunstwerken aus ungewöhnlichen Blickwinkeln in unter zwei Minuten. KunstIStück – Jean Dubuffet: Tapié Grand-Duc, 1946, Städel Museum Frankfurt am Main https://sammlung.staedelmuseum.de/de/werk/tapie-grand-duc#yt

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