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Jean Dubuffet, Lieu De Pèlerinage, 1975

Acrylic on canvas
38 × 51 in. / 96.5 × 129.5 cm
(T0011406)
Executed in 1975, Lieu De Pèlerinage (Place of Pilgrimage) is a masterful example of Jean Dubuffet’s celebrated Lieux abrégés works. Cartoon-like figures dressed in black move across a wide canvas coloured a delicate rose-grey and dotted with splashes of crimson paint. Drawn with an intentionally childish hand, these figures exemplify the awkwardness of Art Brut, distilled from earlier series into this mature work.

Each of the 150 Lieux abrégés works illustrates a site reduced to near-total abstraction, leaving only vague impressions of people and places. ‘Place of Pilgrimage’ suggests a religious site, but the two-dimensionality of the figures, buildings and passages in the landscape remain dreamlike, questioning the nature of objective ‘reality’ as we perceive it.

As Dubuffet wrote: ‘One must not confuse what the eyes apprehend with what happens when the mind takes it in. In any single instant the eyes see only a side facing them, they converge on a small field. The mind totalizes; it recapitulates all the fields; it makes them dance together. It transforms them too, it reworks them in its own guise…Perhaps we live in a world invented by ourselves…’
T0011406 Jean Dubuffet Lieu De Pèlerinage, 1975
T0011406 Jean Dubuffet Lieu De Pèlerinage, 1975
T0011406 Jean Dubuffet Lieu De Pèlerinage, 1975
T0011406 Jean Dubuffet Lieu De Pèlerinage, 1975 – Timothy Taylor