Course La Galope (Galloping The Race)

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Jean Dubuffet

French, 1901 - 1985

Course la galope (Galloping the Race), 1976

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Serigraph on paper

Dimensions: 34 5/8 × 27 9/16 in. (87.9 × 70 cm)
Image: 29 15/16 × 21 in. (76 × 53.3 cm)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles L. Dodge, 2000.2.6

Jean Dubuffet often purposefully shocked society. From early in his career, his attitude ran contrary to the conventions of art and culture. Dubuffet strove to erase all categories and ironically created a category of art all his own that was referred to as art brut. Highly expressive and often crude in appearance, Dubuffet’s art brut style was an attempt to create art rooted in simple organic methods.Dubuffet’s notion of simple organic methods is apparent in his serigraph, Le Vizir. The simple forms expressed in this image are related to those from his Hourloupes series, originating in the early 1960s. Conceived from a simple doodle drawn with a ball-point pen, Dubuffet’s Hourloupes gradually evolved into a prodigious range of works on canvas, sculpture, and prints. Incorporating a very narrow, specific color palette, typically red, white, blue and black, the densely composed abstract forms of this series express the artist’s desire to free the eye from fixed points and borders and imply a sense of the infinite.

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