Villa Duplex

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Jean Dubuffet

French, 1901 - 1985

Villa Duplex, 1976

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Serigraph on paper

Dimensions: 34 11/16 × 27 9/16 in. (88.1 × 70 cm)
Image: 29 3/16 × 16 7/8 in. (74.1 × 42.9 cm)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles L. Dodge, 2000.2.1

Jean Dubuffet, though trained in a traditional art school, did not feel that common notions of subject matter, style and beauty fully expressed the "everyman" in art. Dubuffet created a unique style that did not respond to the established art world, but to his idea of everyday life, with a fuller view of humanity. He was drawn to urban graffiti, tribal art, and art made by children and the insane. Dubuffet wrote, "In my paintings, I wish to recover the vision of an average and ordinary man…without using techniques beyond the grasp of the ordinary man." The Surrealists embraced Dubuffet's early art for its denial of traditional concepts of beauty and subject matter in art.Villa Duplex was created with an economy of line and color. Two figures can be understood to inhabit a loosely architectural setting. There is a very childlike quality to the image, facial features being mere circles, and shapes having irregular, biomorphic outlines.

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