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Grand Maitre of the Outsider

Jean Dubuffet

Grand Maitre of the Outsider

Jean Dubuffet
  • Date: 1947
  • Style: Art Brut
  • Genre: figurative
  • Media: oil, emulsion, canvas

This pictures is typical of the Hautes Pates series that Dubuffet exhibited to huge controversy in 1946. A thick, monochromatic surface serves as the ground for the crudely depicted figure, which is a parody of portraiture. Although Dubuffet undoubtedly intended the series to offend, and his graphic style and thick, coarse impasto certainly did offend conventional tastes, it is worth noting that the color palette is not as jarring as it might be. Dubuffet was at least cautiously mindful of the need for success.

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