Image: Tête aux quatre râclages (Head with Four Scrapings)
(Le Havre, France, 1901 - 1985, Paris)

Tête aux quatre râclages (Head with Four Scrapings) , 1950

Oil and plaster on fiberboard
21 3/4 in. x 18 in. (55.25 cm x 45.72 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Jerrold Mirman
surface detail
Working in post-WWII France, Dubuffet embraced the human figure in a rough, expressive manner. His gestural style of painting and use of materials like plaster resulted in paintings with encrusted, inscribed surfaces. This texture, in combination with the artist’s color palette in this work, evokes both earth and flesh. Dubuffet’s childlike drawing style and harsh lines reflect his interest in children’s art and Art Brut (the art of psychiatric patients or naïve art).
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