Paysage Féerique, Jean Dubuffet
Jean Dubuffet
Paysage Féerique
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Jean Dubuffet

Paysage Féerique, 1949

88.5 x 116.0 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
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.

Work Data

Basic Information

Paysage Féerique (Original Title)
Title Translation
Fairy-Tale Landscape
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Bezeichnet oben rechts: à Jean Paulhan J. Dubuffet 49

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2024
Acquired in 2019 as a bequest from Ulrike Crespo from the Karl Ströher Collection

Work Content

Motifs and References


  • 0 Abstract, Non-representational Art
  • 25H landscapes
  • 41A1 civic architecture; edifices; dwellings
  • 25G3 trees
  • 25I14 public road
  • 25H11 mountains
  • 46C161 automobile
  • 49D3221 irregularly curved line
  • 49D34 quadrilateral (~ planimetry, geometry)
  • 49D36 circle (~ planimetry, geometry)
  • 3 Human Being, Man in General

Research and Discussion


Object History
Karl Ströher (1890-1977), Darmstadt
Nachlass Karl Ströher, 1977
an seine Enkelin Ulrike Crespo (1950-2019), Frankfurt am Main
Vermächtnis an das Städelsche Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt am Main, 2019.


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