Jean Dubuffet

Villa sur la route [Villa by the Road]

About this artwork

Dubuffet was influenced by graffiti and art created by those without formal artistic training, including children and people with mental illness. As a way of going against traditional art practices, Dubuffet 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 the artist produced in Vence, in the south of France, in 1957. The deliberately naïve style was shocking to the art world at the time.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
    Jean DubuffetFrench (1901 - 1985)
  • title:
    Villa sur la route [Villa by the Road]
  • date created:
    1957
  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • measurements:
    81.30 x 100.30 cm; Framed: 99.50 x 118.80 x 7.50 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Purchased (Knapping Fund) 1963
  • accession number:
    GMA 830
  • gallery:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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Jean Dubuffet

Jean Dubuffet