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

Michel Tapié - Grand Duc, 1946


Dimensions
83.0 x 67.5 cm
Physical Description
Oil on plaster on canvas
Inventory Number
SG 1252
Acquisition
Acquired in 1980
Status
On display, lower level, Contemporary Art

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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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Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Michel Tapié - Grand Duc (Original Title)
Title Translation
Duke Tapié
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on plaster on canvas
Material
Technique

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020, Foto: U. Edelmann
Acquisition
Acquired in 1980

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Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Persons Shown
Associated Persons and Institutions

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Primary
Secondary
  • 32A5 caricatures (human types)

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03.11.2020