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 College: Purchased through the Julia L. Whittier Fund



Atelier Mourlot Frères, Paris, France


Les Editions du Livre, Paris


Europe, France


20th century

Object Name




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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