Sunday, September 20, 2009

Jean Dubuffet

Jean Dubuffet--my new favorite artist.

Limbour as a Crustacean, 1946, Oil and sand on canvas, Hirshhorn

Actor in a Ruff, 1961, Oil on canvas, Hirshhorn

I first saw Dubuffet's works during the summer in Washington, D.C. at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. I immediately found his works intriguing. There's something so childish, cartoonish about Dubuffet's artwork. Yet, there is something strange, nightmarish about the way he portrays his subjects. The crustacean man looks so disturbing. And the actor looks somewhat guiltless, yet with all the roughness, darkness of the background he looks a bit sinister.


Amy said...

wow! the style is SO YOU!! if i had seen it somewhere, i would've immediately think of you!!

Anonymous said...

E' muito bom e muito raro ver uma grande reprodução do Dubuffet...
Em geral a web é pão-dura em imagens, tudo sempre pequenino e de baixíssima definição.
Agradeço, aqui do Brasil!
(Lilita Figueiredo)

It is very good and very rarely can look at a large reproduction of my "idol" Jean Dubuffet...
In general, the web's tight in images, everything always small and very low setting.
Thank you, here in Brazil!
(Lilita Figueiredo)