Dubuffet Drawings 1935-1962

Isabelle Dervaux, Margaret Holben Ellis, Alex Potts, Cornelia Butler

An important new study of drawings by one of the most important French artists of the twentieth century


Jean Dubuffet (1901–1985) achieved international recognition in the late 1940s for his paintings inspired by children’s drawings, the art of psychiatric patients, and graffiti. Drawing played a major role in the development of his art as he explored on paper new subjects and techniques, experimenting with nontraditional tools and modes of application. Despite his essential role in the postwar avant-garde and his continuous influence on the art of the following decades, Dubuffet has received less attention than other artists of his generation.

Dubuffet’s Drawings, 1935–1962 will be the first major museum exhibition devoted to works on paper by one of the most important French artists of the twentieth century. Featuring more than one hundred drawings representing Dubuffet’s development during his most innovative decades––the 1940s and 1950s––the exhibition will include rarely seen works and major loans from public and private collections in the United States and France.


Isabelle Dervaux


Isabelle Dervaux is the Acquavella Curator of Modern and Contemporary Drawings at the Morgan Library & Museum, New York. She has published extensively on twentieth-century art, including essays on Surrealist drawing, Arshile Gorky, Philip Guston, Mark Rothko, and Jean Dubuffet.

Margaret Holben Ellis


Margaret Holben Ellis is the Director of the Thaw Conservation Center at the Morgan Library & Museum and a professor at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.

Alex Potts


Alex Potts is the Max Loehr Collegiate Professor in the Department of History of Art at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Cornelia Butler


Cornelia Butler has been chief curator at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, since 2013.