Albert Dubout (1905-1976) left a remarkable imprint on the graphic landscape of 20th-century France. Between the 1920s and the 1970s, this astonishingly prolific artist was everywhere, his work appearing on the covers of novels and as illustrations to official and classic texts, on film posters and in the press, on playing cards, blotting paper, restaurant menus. His inimitable humour imbued with poetry - humour in the true tradition of Honoré Daumier - is instantly recognisable, as are his distinctive figures and the sheer delicacy of his drawing style.
Albert Dubout produced in excess of 10,000 works in the course of his career, but sadly very few of these exist today, the artist himself having destroyed the vast majority before he died. This exhibition is exceptional, therefore, in more respects than one. It invites viewers to experience both the extraordinary range of Albert Dubout's graphic repertoire, from pencil drawing to paint, and the surprising evolution of his art. On show will be exceptional works originating directly from the Dubout family and never previously offered for sale.
Private view: Thursday 3 February from 5.00 pm to 8.30 pm
Works available to view online from Friday 4 February