Jean Dubuffet, Fête villageoise, November 5, 1976, acrylic and collage on paper mounted on canvas, 8' 2" x 10' 7-3/4" (248.9 cm x 324.5 cm) © 2019 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Jean Dubuffet



b. 1901, Le Havre, France
d. 1985, Paris


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Jean Dubuffet began painting at the age of seventeen and studied briefly at the Académie Julian, Paris.

After seven years, he abandoned painting and became a wine merchant. During the thirties, he painted again for a short time, but it was not until 1942 that he began the work which has distinguished him as an outstanding innovator in postwar European painting. Dubuffet looked to the margins of the everyday—the art of prisoners, psychics, the uneducated, and the institutionalized—to liberate his own creativity, coining the term “Art Brut” as a reflection of the creative possibilities outside the conventions of the day. His paintings from the early forties in brightly colored oils were soon followed by works in which he employed such unorthodox materials as cement, plaster, tar, and asphalt-scraped, carved and cut and drawn upon with a rudimentary, spontaneous line.


Jean Dubuffet, Scène et site, October 27, 1979, acrylic on canvas-backed paper (4 sections), 20-1/16" × 27-9/16" (51 cm × 70 cm) © 2019 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris


Jean Dubuffet, Offres galantes, January 27, 1967, vinyl on canvas, 130.2 cm x 161.9 cm (51-1/4" x 63-3/4") © 2019 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris