Jean Dubuffet, ‘Paysage tavelé aux arbres’, 1954, Sotheby's: Contemporary Art Day Auction

Signature: signed, dated 54 and dedicated à Gabrielle Neumann; signed, titled and dated janvier 54 on the reverse

Max Loreau, Ed., Catalogue des travaux de Jean Dubuffet, fasicicule IX: assemblage d'empreintes, Lausanne 1968, cat. no. 121, p. 89, illustrated

Gabrielle Neumann, Paris (gift of the artist in August 1964)
Sotheby's, London, 1 April 1981, Lot 273
Perrin-Royère la Jeunesse, Versailles, 27 October 1991
Galerie Jacques Melki, Paris
Cornette de Saint-Cyr, Paris, 2 July 2003, Lot 6
Acquired from the above sale by the present owner

About Jean Dubuffet

In his seminal modernist paintings, Jean Dubuffet delved deep into questions of ground and materiality. Such themes were highly charged during the post–WWII period in which he worked, shortly after the destruction of many European cities as well as the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the war. The surfaces of his canvases are thick and clotted; their aesthetic is muddy and scatological. Dubuffet coined the term “Art Brut” to describe the kind of work that he collected and aspired toward: the untrained, outsider art of alienated groups, including children and the mentally ill. His own paintings are purposefully “deskilled,” often possessing the spontaneity and crude aesthetic of finger paintings.

French, 1901-1985, Le Havre, France, based in Paris, France