Aug 23, 2011
Oct 17, 2005
Oct 17, 2005




Jean Dubuffet

(French, 1901-1985)

Pen and black ink

Support: Wove paper

Sheet: 33.4 x 24.9 cm (13 1/8 x 9 13/16 in.)

Gift of Louise S. Richards 2005.276



Tree is an example of Dubuffet’s full-blown Hourloupe style. In this drawing, Dubuffet further restricted his Hourloupe palette of black, white, and red to simply black ink on white paper. Landscapes became an increasingly prevalent theme in Dubuffet’s work throughout the 1960s. In addition to drawing and painting trees in the spring of 1964, he also drew isolated domestic objects-a typewriter, a pair of scissors, and a cup of tea-described as landscapes. Dubuffet intended Tree as the embodiment of an idea of a tree, the interpretation of a mental landscape, rather than evocative of the physical presence of a tree.

See also
DR - French
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