Estate of the artist
Waddington Galleries, London
Private collection, Minneapolis
Anon. sale; Christie's, London, 21 June 2007, lot 209
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner.
M. Loreau, ed., Catalogue des travaux de Jean Dubuffet, Psycho-sites, Fascicule XXXIV, Paris, 1984, p. 57, no. 193 (illustrated).
"The word archetype evokes for me something like a simplistic generic prototype where any individual particularity is omitted... This character of depersonalization is certainly a constant of all my personnages... The charm of my Portraits enterprise consisted exactly in undergoing a treatment of depersonalization of the effigies of the persons designated. This persistent drive to depersonalize the persons seems to me to precede the paintings (and is more or less conscious in my mind throughout their execution). J. Dubuffet quoted by K. Minturn, Anticultural Posistions, Aquavella, New York, 2016, p. 43.