Jean Dubuffet, ‘Vue de Paris, le petit commerce’, Christie's

Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985)

Vue de Paris, le petit commerce

signed and dated 'J. Dubuffet 2 II 44'

oil on canvas

28 3/4 x 36 1/4 in. (73 x 92 cm.)

Painted in 1944.

Signature: signed and dated 'J. Dubuffet 2 II 44'

Paris, Galerie René Drouin, Tableaux et dessins de Jean Dubuffet, October-November 1944, no. 31.

Paris, Cercle Volney, Exposition de peintures, dessins et divers travaux exécutés de 1942 a 1954 par Jean Dubuffet, March-April 1954, no. 10.

Paris, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Rétrospective Jean Dubuffet 1942 - 1960, December 1960-February 1961, no. 10, pl. 1 (illustrated in color).

L. Parrot, Jean Dubuffet, Paris, 1944, no. 14 (illustrated).

M. Loreau, ed., _Catalogue des Travaux de Jean Dubuffet: Marionnettes de la ville et de la campagne,_fascicule I, Paris, 1965, p. 151, no. 221 (illustrated).

A. Franzke, Dubuffet, New York, 1981, pp. 6-7 (illustrated).

Art Gallery no. 20, Tokyo, 1986, p. 7, no. 2 (illustrated in color).

M. Thévoz, Dubuffet, Geneva, 1986, p. 32 (illustrated in color).

M. Paquet, Dubuffet, Paris, 1993, p. 41, no. 35 (illustrated in color).

M. Jakobi, Jean Dubuffet et la fabrique de titre, Paris, 2006, n.p. (illustrated in color).

S. Berrebi, "Paris Circus New York Junk: Jean Dubuffet and Claes Oldenburg 1959 - 1962", Art History, February 2006, p. 97, fig. 3.14 (illustrated).

V. Da Costa and F. Hergott, Jean Dubuffet: Oeuvres, écrits, entretiens=Works, writings and interviews=Obras escritos y entrevista, Barcelona and Paris, 2006, pp. 24-25 (illustrated in color).

Jean Dubuffet o el idioma de los muras, Madrid, Circulo de Bellas Artes, exh. cat., 2008, p. 15, fig. 1 (illustrated).

André Frénaud, Paris

Jeffrey Loria & Co., New York

Acquired by the present owner from the above, March 1999

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