Site aux croûtes noires, Jean Dubuffet
Jean Dubuffet
Site aux croûtes noires
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Jean Dubuffet

Site aux croûtes noires, 1960

555 x 660 x 45 mm
535 x 640 x max. 41 mm
Physical Description
Papier maché, mixture of sand over plaster and tar (?), partially coloured, on press board, framed in wood
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17887 Z
Acquired in 2019 as a bequest from Ulrike Crespo from the Karl Ströher Collection
Not on display


About the Work

It almost looks as though Dubuffet had proclaimed dried, crusted soil art. At first sight, the framed object looks crude and harsh. Only gradually does it reveal itself to be a relief consisting of papier maché, sand, and paint and surprisingly rich in structure. Here again, as in the ‘Phenomena’ printmaking cycle, Dubuffet’s theme is seemingly formless matter. Something akin to a natural material is obtained here by artificial means. The artist was aiming for an image the viewer would experience with as much immediacy as nature itself.

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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