Paysage Féerique, Jean Dubuffet
Jean Dubuffet
Paysage Féerique
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Jean Dubuffet

Paysage Féerique, 1949

88.5 x 116 cm
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Oil on canvas
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Acquired in 2019 as a bequest from Ulrike Crespo from the Karl Ströher Collection
Not on display


About the Work

'Fairy-Tale Landscape'—that is the title Jean Dubuffet gave the chaos incised in a thick, pastosely applied layer of paint. We can make out an entire village inhabited by sketchy stick figures. The landscape motif is present throughout the artist’s oeuvre. It served him as a field for experimentation in which he juxtaposed the painting surface and the figure, perspective and space. Dubuffet’s deliberately simplified, ‘naïve’ depictions are reminiscent of children’s drawings. For him they were a means of questioning painterly convention.

About the Acquisition

The Städel Museum has the photographer, psychotherapist, philanthropist, and long-time Frankfurt resident Ulrike Crespo (1950–2019) to thank for more than ninety works ranging from classical modernism to American pop art. The paintings, drawings, and prints by Wassily Kandinsky, Otto Dix, Oskar Schlemmer, Max Ernst, Jean Dubuffet, Cy Twombly, and others originally belonged to the holdings of her grandfather, the Darmstadt-based industrialist Karl Ströher (1890–1977), who amassed an extensive art collection after World War II.

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