Mur à l'Oiseau (Wall with Bird), plate 2 from Guillevic's Les Murs (The Walls)

Jean Dubuffet, French, 1901 - 1985


March 17, 1945; published 1950

Lithograph on Montval wove paper


Sheet: 15 × 11 1/4 in. (38.1 × 28.6 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through the Julia L. Whittier Fund



Atelier Mourlot Frères, Paris, France


Les Editions du Livre, Paris


Place Made: France, Europe


20th century

Object Name


Research Area


Not on view


Inscribed, on stone, lower center 17/3/45; numbered, in graphite, lower left: 72/172; inscribed, in graphite, lower left: Dubuffet-Ill. for Guillevic "Les Murs" Paris 1950 Ch 72-2-2; reverse, printed, letterpress, center: Bien des murs sont tachés / De mousse ou de lichen couleur / des vagues / Qui à peine émergés / De l'eau tiède et du sel où vivre / prend figure / Laissent de pierre à nu / Aussi gros que la plaie à ne pas / trop montrer, / Plutôt chérir quand on est seul. [Translated text: Many walls are mottled / with moss and lichen the color / of waves / scarcely emerged / from tepid shallows and salt flats where living / takes shape / Leaving stone bare / Large as a seldom displayed wound / Cherished more when one is alone.]


Ferdinand Roten Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland; sold to present collection, 1962.

Catalogue Raisonne

M. Loreau, Catalogue des travaux de Jean Dubuffet, 1966, vol. 1, no. 406.

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