Aug 23, 2011
Feb 24, 2010

Figure in a Landscape

Figure in a Landscape


Jean Dubuffet

(French, 1901–1985)

Brush and black ink

Support: Cream(1) wove paper

Sheet: 30.4 x 23.7 cm (11 15/16 x 9 5/16 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Carl L. Selden 1963.586



Dubuffet dedicated himself to art full-time after World War II. He sought alternatives to traditional Western culture’s dependency on logic, reason, and narrow standards of beauty. He coined the term Art Brut (Raw Art) referring to art produced by people outside of the established art world, such as the maladjusted, patients in psychiatric hospitals, and prisoners. Dubuffet believed that Art Brut sprang from pure invention, uncorrupted by educational training and social constraints, and was evidence of the originality that all humans innately possess. By imbuing his work with unaccustomed crudeness or banality, Dubuffet sought to startle the viewer out of his acquired aesthetic responses.

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DR - French
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