Lot Details

Image Size: 19 5/8 x 13 3/8 in (49.8 x 34 cm)
Sheet Size: 29 3/4 x 22 in (75.6 x 55.9 cm)

Dubuffet's return to painting was accompanied by a passion for primitive and naive art forms, as well as for paintings made by the psychologically disturbed. By 1945 he had started to collect so called 'ugly art' or Art Brut, and in 1948 he founded a society to promote this type of work. He also wrote some important statements, criticizing the cultural aims of post-Renaissance Western art, in the place of which he advocated the more spontaneous, non-verbal, and spiritually potent qualities of primitive cultural expression. This resulted in a totemic approach to image making which revealed itself in his first exhibition, where city life and images of men and women were presented with an aggressively simple and childish vigor. These paintings looked more like graffiti covered walls or tribal emblems than conventional oil paint.

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Catalogue Raisonné: 1159, Webel
The seller has recorded the following condition for this lot:
Area: Other area
Location: Overall
Notes: the colors slightly attenuated, but otherwise in very good condition
Degree: Minor
Area: Other area
Location: Overall
Notes: very pale mat staining on the reverse, otherwise in very good condition
Degree: Minor
Surface Soiling / Requires Cleaning
Area: Margin
Location: Other location
Notes: very minor soiling in the margins, slight wear at sheet edges, otherwise in very good condition.
Degree: Minor

Definition Key
Image The central image area, composition, or focal point; the area inside the margins/plate marks.
Margin Areas bordering the central image, outside the plate marks, or the perimeter area.
Edge The farthest edge of the object.
Verso The reverse/back of the object.

Minor An existing condition which generally does not involve risk of loss.
Moderate Noticeable damage, increasing in severity and/or size; should be monitored or corrected by a conservator.
Major Distinct, recognizable damage; the stability of the work is questionable and risk is a factor. Requires the attention of a conservator.
Extreme Advanced and severe damage; work is insecure and at great risk.

  • Private Collection, PA
  • Pickup Location: Pennsylvania, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 19.6 x 13.4 in. (49.78 x 34.04 cm.)
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