Villa sur la route [Villa by the Road]
© ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2004

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Villa sur la route [Villa by the Road] 1957
Dubuffet was fascinated by graffiti and art created by people without formal artistic training, such as children and the mentally ill. As a way of going against traditional art practices, the artist would paint in thick layers, then scratch into the surface to produce a kind of graffiti, as seen in this painting. This work is one of twenty-four paintings that Dubuffet produced in Vence, in the south of France, in 1957. The deliberately primitive style was shocking to the art world at the time.

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A term once used to describe the art of non-Western cultures such as Africa and Oceania, now generally seen as deprecatory and indicative of an outdated belief in Western superiority. It is also used to describe artists, usually self-taught, who work outside of the currents of mainstream art practice.



  • Acc. No. GMA 830
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 81.30 x 100.30 cm (framed: 99.50 x 118.80 x 7.50 cm)
  • Credit Purchased (Knapping Fund) 1963