Constant Nieuwenhuys-De ontmoeting van Ubu en Justine, 1975
Tom Haartsen

De ontmoeting van Ubu en Justine

x 200,2cm
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.