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Jean Dubuffet: 37 People

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22 March22 April 2021

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Jean Dubuffet

Timothy Taylor presents five exceptional late paintings by the French artist Jean Dubuffet, one of the most innovative artists of the European post-war period. 37 People focuses on paintings from Dubuffet’s 1975 Lieux abrégés (Abbreviated Places) series, the 1980 Partitions (Partitions) series and the 1982 Sites aléatoires (Random Sites) series.

Dubuffet dedicated the last decade of his life to a suite of major series in quick succession, which make up a third of his complete works. These series see Dubuffet explore expressionistic forms in the context of unspecified and increasingly abstract sites, often outlined thickly in black and accentuated by a spectrum of brilliant colours.

Visual motifs such as that of the suited city-dweller and allusions to urban geography recall the people, streets and sights of urban Paris, a crucial source of inspiration for Dubuffet during the sixties and seventies. Dominated by allusions to landscapes, castles, urban spaces and passages, his final paintings invite viewers to consider our surroundings as a metaphor for the tangled workings of the mind.

PROVENANCE
Mr and Mrs Paul Rothman, Kings Point, New York
Pace Gallery
Anon. sale; Contemporary Art Part 2, Sotheby's New York, 8 May 1990, Lot 37
James Goodman Gallery
Private Collection, California

EXHIBITIONS
A New Way of Walking, Timothy Taylor, London, 7 June – 24 August 2018.

PUBLICATIONS
M. Loreau, catalogue des travaux de Jean Dubuffet, Fascicule XXX: Parachiffres, Mondanites, Lieux abreges, Paris, 1980, no.186, p.85 (illustrated).

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PROVENANCE
Fondation Dubuffet, Paris
Anon sale, Artcurial, Paris, Art contemporain, 18 December 2001, Lot 91
Private Collection

PUBLICATIONS
M. Loreau, Catalogue des travaux de Jean Dubuffet, fascicule XXX: Parachiffres, Mondanités, Lieux abrégés, Les Editions de Minuits, Paris, p. 69, n.152 (illustrated in colour).

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PROVENANCE
Weintraub Gallery, New York
Daniel Templon Gallery, Paris (december 1984)
Private Swiss collection, Neuchatel, 1985

EXHIBITIONS
A New Way of Walking, Timothy Taylor, New York, 29 June – 27 July 2018.

PUBLICATIONS
Catalogue des travaux de Jean Dubuffet: Sites aleatoires, Fascicule XXXV, Les Éditions de Minuit, Paris, 1982, no.57, p.35 (illustrated).

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PUBLICATIONS
M. Loreau, catalogue des travaux de Jean Dubuffet, Fascicule XXXV: Sites aléatoire 1986, no.99 , p.56 (illustrated).

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PROVENANCE
Fondation Dubuffet, Paris
Waddington Custot Galleries, London 
Galerie Hopkins, Paris
Private Collection

EXHIBITIONS
Jean Dubuffet: A Festival of the Mind, Waddington Custot, London, 18 May – 30 June 2018.

PUBLICATIONS
Catalogue des travaus de Jean Dubuffet: Sites aux figurines, Partitions, Fascicule XXXIII, Les Éditions de Minuit, Paris, 1982, no.324, p.97 (illustrated).

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Jean Dubuffet: 37 People – Timothy Taylor