Immeuble (Building)

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Jean Dubuffet

French, 1901 - 1985

Immeuble (Building), 1976

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Serigraph on paper

Dimensions: 27 9/16 × 34 5/8 in. (70 × 87.9 cm)
Image: 23 1/2 × 26 1/2 in. (59.7 × 67.3 cm)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles L. Dodge, 2000.2.4

Dubuffet's unconventional artistic style became known as art brut, meaning "art in the raw," a term he coined himself. He eschewed traditional concepts of beauty and subject matter, and what resulted was a style of art so new, that Dubuffet became nearly an art movement by himself. The Surrealists applauded his new direction and denial of traditional values, which they found parallel to the intentions behind their art. Dubuffet and the Surrealists were both seeking to create a new paradigm in art in which the mundane, the amateur, and the unlikely were freely depicted.Course La Galope shows a tiny figure amid a mass of organic shapes. Though the shapes could imply any number of objects, the composition remains ambiguous. Dubuffet allows the viewer to interpret the scene as he or she wishes, supplying merely the forms and a suggestion of subject matter.

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