He groups his works in themes, offering new visions of a universe that becomes exclusively mental, at the extreme limit of the obsessive pathology. Dubuffet is happy when the audience or critics are upset. He claims that anyone can do what he does and that is absolutely true.
Until 1948 the art of Dubuffet remains narrative, with a deliberately grotesque and neglected drawing. In 1949 his characters are juxtaposed without action or individualization in a shapeless landscape limited by a horizon. The artist paints in gray or neutral color on burlap. The color is indicated in the title to shock even more the bourgeois, as for example Paysage grotesque violâtre or Paysage couleur de viande cuite.
With his impulse to do differently from any other artist and his careful observation of the art of the mentally ill, Dubuffet's creativity is unlimited. The 1950 Corps de Dames are typical of this new art positioned in a total opposition to expressionism and abstraction.
On June 6 in Paris, Sotheby's sells Paysage gris aux taches cerises, oil on burlap 89 x 117 cm painted in 1949, lot 6 estimated € 1,5M.
SOLD for € 1.93M including premium