Jean Dubuffet, ‘Site avec 4 personnages’, 1981, Sotheby's

Signature: signed with the artist’s initials and dated 81

London, Waddington Galleries, Jean Dubuffet: A Retrospective, October 1983, cat. no. 29, p. 41, illustrated
Los Angeles, Kantor Gallery, Jean Dubuffet, December 1994 - February 1995
New York, Vivian Horan Fine Arts, Dubuffet: The Late Years, October 2011 - January 2012

Max Loreau, Ed., Catalogue des Travaux de Jean Dubuffet, Fascicule XXXIV: Psycho-sites, Paris 1984, cat. no. 349, p. 95, illustrated

Waddington Galleries, London
Ikon Ltd. Contemporary Art Gallery, Santa Monica
Antoine Helwaser Gallery, New York
Cheryl Hazan Gallery, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2012

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