True Portrait of Monsieur Ubu
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Véritable portrait de Monsieur Ubu (1896, English: True Portrait of Monsieur Ubu) is a woodcut by Alfred Jarry, representing Ubu in Ubu Roi. It is contrasted to "autre portrait de Monsieur Ubu" which has no resemblance to the first.
The portrait shows a mysterious figure wearing an encasing robe which ends in a dunce-cap, with a stomach (a beer belly) with a spiral insignia, the gidouille. Under his right armpit is a stick, one such as a teacher might carry. His barrel-like obese and rotund figure suggests that he has difficulty in moving. The robe and pointed cap are similar to the dress of a member of the Ku Klux Klan.
- Ubu's Almanac: Alfred Jarry and the Graphic Arts Ubu's Almanac: Alfred Jarry and the Graphic Arts, exhibition the Spencer Museum of Art in 1998
- Fancy portrait
- http://archive.org/stream/uburoidrameencin00jarr#page/7/mode/1up, from the 1897 Mercure de France edition of Ubu Roi