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Discovered by Jean Dubuffet, who was her first collector and critic, she was the subject of an essay in 2019 by Philippe Dagen, who thought that “the difficulties and enigmas of Jacqueline B.’s work are among the most exciting.” From the 1950s on, and during the two decades of her production, she showed remarkable inventiveness. Passing with a disconcerting mastery from gouache to colored pencils, from figuration to abstraction, from narration to contemplation. The one whose work was exhibited as early as 1967 at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, and in 2019 at the Kunstforum in Vienna, is today known as a classic.

jacqueline b, 1960. - © christian berst — art brut
Date 1928 — 2020
Country France

Born in 1928 to a complicated family situation, Jacqueline B. was entrusted to her father’s housemaids at birth, then sent to a boarding school at the age of five. She came back to the family home when her father remarried and was raised by an affectionate stepmother. Skinny, nervous, rebellious even, she had many difficulties at school, such that she was sent to two religious establishments in succession. But, at the age of twenty-three, even though she was intelligent, she barely knew how to read and write, meanwhile her health was fragile and her behavior remained agitated.

She nevertheless began to draw at the beginning of the 1950s and immediately demonstrated a remarkable inventiveness. Switching with ease from watercolors to colored pencils or to ink applied using a fountain pen, she explored very varied themes and formal spaces with a very poetic grace, going from figuration to abstraction, from narration to contemplation.
Jean Dubuffet, who discovered her in the beginning of the 1960s, acquired some fifteen of her works for his collection and wrote an article about her in the Fascicule de l’art brut no. 4, published in 1965, then exhibited her work in 1967 in what would become the emblematic exhibition for Art Brut at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris, before the launch of the Lausanne collection.

For 50 years, very few of Jacqueline B.’s works were available and we are very happy to offer a very representative selection (spanning from the 1950s to the beginning of the 1970s) from this “Art Brut classic.”

Please contact us to inquire about the available works.
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 1964
12.2 x 9.45 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 1950
12.2 x 9.06 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 1954
9.84 x 9.06 in
untitled, 1966
12.2 x 9.45 in
untitled, 1963
12.2 x 9.06 in
untitled, 1961
12.2 x 9.45 in
Jacqueline B the untamed
Jacqueline B: the untamed - © christian berst — art brut

Preface : Philippe Dagen
Foreword : Christian Berst
Catalog published to mark the exhibition Jacqueline b : the untamed, from November 30th, 2019 to January 18th, 2020

Portreto de la animo
collection Treger Saint-Silvestre, Museu Nacional Soares dos Reis, Porto, Portugal. From July 13 to November 12, 2023.
in abstracto
#3, main gallery. From February 9 to March 19, 2023.
débordement #1: the pathfinders
by anaël pigeat & yvannoé krüger, the bridge + main gallery. From November 25, 2021 to January 16, 2022.
Sereno variavel
curated by Antonia Gaeta, Centro de Arte Oliva, São João da Madeira. From October 31, 2020 to May 2, 2021.
#47, cancelled. From October 21 to 25, 2020.
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jacqueline b
the untamed, at the gallery. From November 30, 2019 to January 18, 2020.
Flying High
Women Artists of Art Brut, Kunstforum, Vienne. From February 15 to June 23, 2019.
drawing now 2018
Carreau du Temple. From March 22 to 25, 2018.
architectural dwellings, at the gallery. From December 9, 2017 to January 20, 2018.
in abstracto
at the gallery. From June 8 to July 15, 2017.
L’Art Brut
curator Jean Dubuffet, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris. From April 7 to June 5, 1967.
exhibition view of *débordement #1 : les révélateurs* curated by Anaël Pigeat and Yvannoé Krüger, the bridge + christian berst art brut, Paris, 2021 - © christian berst — art brut
Exhibition view of *Jacqueline b, l’indomptée*, christian berst art brut, Paris, 2019. - © christian berst art brut, christian berst — art brut
exhibition view of *flying high, künstlerinnen der art brut*, curators: ingried brugger, hannah rieger, veronika rudorfer, kunstforum, vienna, austria, 2019. - © kunstforum, photo: nilo klotz, christian berst — art brut
Press review
visitez les expositions virtuelles de la galerie christian berst
Cécile D., Sortir à Paris. April 3, 2020.
jacqueline b. l’indomptée
Bénédicte Philippe, Télérama Sortir. January 2, 2020.
in pictures - notre sélection parmi les expositions dans les galeries du marais à paris
Jorge Sanchez, Artnewspaper édition Française. November 30, 2019.
La Rédaction, Parisart. November 27, 2019.
LaM, musée d’art moderne, d’art contemporain et d’art brut de Lille Métropole
collection de l’Art brut
Carmen and Daniel Klein collection
Antoine Frérot collection
abcd / Bruno Decharme collection
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Amr Shaker collection
Emmanuelle and Guy Delcourt collection
Hannah Rieger collection
Arnulf Rainer collection
trailer - débordement #1 : les révélateurs / the pathfinders
video - the exhibition presented by the curators
Jacqueline B

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