Le Vizir (The Advisor)

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Jean Dubuffet

French, 1901 - 1985

Le Vizir (The Advisor), 1976

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Serigraph on paper

Dimensions: 34 5/8 × 27 9/16 in. (87.9 × 70 cm)
Image: 29 15/16 × 18 1/16 in. (76 × 45.9 cm)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles L. Dodge, 2000.2.3

After training for seven years as a painter, Dubuffet gave up art and worked for twenty-two years as a wine merchant. He believed that the fine art he saw around him paled in comparison with the humble activities of the average person. He resumed painting in 1942, by which time European cultural traditions had become so discredited by the upheaval and atrocities of World War II that he was drawn to forms created outside the tradition of fine art, particularly urban graffiti, tribal art, and the creations of 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 an ordinary man." By subverting the viewer's expectations of beauty and by elevating the mundane, Dubuffet called into question many of the assumptions on which art had traditionally been based.

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