A Fabulous Original c.1966 Vintage Tate Gallery Exhibition Poster for Jean de Buffet (1901-1985)


Origin: English
Period: Mid Twentieth Century
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1966
Height: 31.25 inches
Width: 21.25 inches
Condition: B-
Poster Dimensions: 21.5 inches high x 19.5 inches wide

Issued by the Arts Council Exhibition, Jean De Buffet; Paintings was a retrospective exhibition organised by the Arts Council of Great Britain at the Tate Gallery, London 23 April-30 1966, this poster showing a section of De Buffet’s colourful work The Hourloupe cycle, characterised by three predominate colours: red, white, and blue with sinuous black lines. Now glazed and presented in a modern frame.

Condition is good; there is some light creasing where the poster has been folded prior to being framed, the vibrant colours are still very evident and there are no tears.

With over one hundred and twenty five paintings exhibited, the Jean De Buffet; Paintings exhibition was a resounding success, and from the date of this exhibition in 1966 to his death, Jean Dubuffet would go on to use the Hourloupe series as inspiration for several large-scale sculptures. These sculptures are comprised of papier mache and polystyrene, many of which are large enough to walk through.

Influenced by the likes of Munch and Picasso, Le Havre born Jean De Buffet rebelled at an early age against art, culture, and intellectualism and was instrumental in establishing the style of Art Brut, an aesthetic of his own that is devoid of the traditional standards of its time, both in style and subject matter. His primitive approach to art-making, with its simple, childlike figures and bold, visually dramatic palette, has universal appeal and is instrumental in modern psychology and studies of mental development. He remains best known for the thick textured and gritty surfaces of his pictures from the 1940s and 1950s.

A highly desirable nugget of iconic mid-century exhibition artwork and also a very scarce piece of ephemera.