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Jean Dubuffet

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Jean Dubuffet Faits divers, January 31, 1981. acrylic on canvas, 39-1/4" x 31-3/4" (99.7 cm x 80.6 cm).

Jean Dubuffet Faits divers, January 31, 1981. acrylic on canvas, 39-1/4" x 31-3/4" (99.7 cm x 80.6 cm).

Jean Dubuffet Comptoir amoncellement (Laden Counter), 1968. epoxy paint and polyurethane, in fifteen parts, 37-1/2" x 63-1/2" x 39" (95.3 cm x 161.3 cm x 99.1 cm).

Jean Dubuffet Comptoir amoncellement (Laden Counter), 1968. epoxy paint and polyurethane, in fifteen parts, 37-1/2" x 63-1/2" x 39" (95.3 cm x 161.3 cm x 99.1 cm).

Jean Dubuffet Séquence XVIII, April 2, 1979. acrylic on paper (5 sections), 13-3/4" x 10-1/16" (35 cm x 25.5 cm).

Jean Dubuffet Séquence XVIII, April 2, 1979. acrylic on paper (5 sections), 13-3/4" x 10-1/16" (35 cm x 25.5 cm).

Jean Dubuffet Jardin aux oiseaux (Situation CIII), February 24, 1979. ink on paper with collage, 13-3/4" x 10" (34.9 cm x 25.4 cm).

Jean Dubuffet Jardin aux oiseaux (Situation CIII), February 24, 1979. ink on paper with collage, 13-3/4" x 10" (34.9 cm x 25.4 cm).

About Jean Dubuffet

Jean Dubuffet (b. 1901, Le Havre, France; d. 1985, Paris) 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's interest in art brut, the art of the insane, and that of the untrained person, whether a caveman or the originator of contemporary graffiti, led him to emulate this directly expressive and untutored style in his own work. 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.