True Portrait of Monsieur Ubu  

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 True portrait of Monsieur Ubu (1896) is a woodcut frontispiece for Ubu Roi. It represents Ubu, a fictional character from Jarry's eponymous play.
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True portrait of Monsieur Ubu (1896) is a woodcut frontispiece for Ubu Roi. It represents Ubu, a fictional character from Jarry's eponymous play.

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Véritable portrait de Monsieur Ubu[1] (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"[2] 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.

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