12 May 2005
Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985)
Arbre bleu à l'éploiement
signed with initials and dated 'J.D. 69' (on the trunk)
epoxy paint on polystyrene
26¾ x 17 x 19 in. (67.9 x 43.2 x 48.3 cm.)
Executed in 1969.
Galerie Beyeler, Basel
James Goodman Gallery, Inc., New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner, 1987
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M. Loreau, ed., Catalogue des Travaux de Jean Dubuffet, Arbres, murs, architectures, Lausanne, 1974, fascicule XXV, p. 24, no. 15 (illustrated).
Arbre bleu à l'éploiement is a whimsical tree from the world that Dubuffet created in the late 1960s that came to be called Coucou Bazar. In 1966, Dubuffet began to produce three-dimensional objects using the vernacular of his renowned Hourloupe series. The artist constructed the works from polystyrene, a lightweight white synthetic material that the artist could easily cut with a hot wire. He painted the objects with the same flat contours and colors that characterized the patterned surfaces of the Hourloupe works. Dubuffet insisted that the new body of work represented three-dimensional drawings and paintings, rather than sculpture in the traditional sense.
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