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Dubuffet, Jean

Dubuffet, Jean

Dubuffet, Jean, 1901-85, French painter and sculptor. Dubuffet began his artistic career in 1942. He created primitive, childlike, and humorous effects savagely opposed to established taste. For many works he prepared a thick impasto of materials such as asphalt, pebbles, and glass to enrich the surface texture of his paintings. Among his later works are numerous large, white, crudely representational sculptures with heavily outlined colored edges and facets. The Museum of Modern Art, New York City, has his Cow with the Subtile Nose and Beard of Uncertain Returns.

See studies by P. Selz (1962) and M. Loreau (tr. 1973).

The Fondation Jean Dubuffet is a foundation established by artist Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985) in 1973. Its registered office is on the Rue de Moulin Neuf, Sente des Vaux-Ruelle aux Chevaux, Périgny-sur-Yerres, Val-de-Marne, with the secretariat located in the VIe arrondissement at 137 Rue de Sèvres, Paris, France. Both are open to the public; an admission fee is charged.

The foundation acquires and conserves Dubuffet's original work, as well as items from his personal collection, including plans, designs and models, gouaches, drawings and prints, notes and manuscripts, documents, etc. It currently contains over 1000 works and over 14,000 photographs of his art. Its main collection is housed in Périgny-sur-Yerres, and open to the public. In addition, the foundation's Paris townhouse, acquired by the artist in 1962, contains an exhibition as well as a center of study.

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