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Constant Nieuwenhuys-De ontmoeting van Ubu en Justine, 1975

Photographer

Tom Haartsen
1975
190,2cm
x 200,2cm
linen
oil paint
Collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, NL

In this work Constant brings together the fictional characters Justine and King Ubu, created respectively by Marquis de Sade (1791) and Alfred Jarry (1888). With this painting he references the silent majority as popularized by the U.S. president Richard Nixon in his speech of November 3, 1969. In the painting Justine embodies the silent majority meeting the idiot characterized by Ubu.

    English title

    The encounter of Ubu and Justine

    Alternate titles

    Ubu et Justine
    2000

    Signed/dated

    Signed and dated Constant '75, center right in green paint

    Frame dimensions

    unknown