Jean Dubuffet

Villa sur la route [Villa by the Road]

About this artwork

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.

Jean Dubuffet

Jean Dubuffet