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Jean Dubuffet

Le sol de la montagne

ink and collage on paper
136 x 120 cm / 53 1/2 x 47 1/4 in.
signed and dated lower left

Disillusioned from an early age by what he considered the "artificial, elitist, venal and publicity-seeking institutions set up to support the arts," Dubuffet looked outside of the established art world for a purer, more honest art form. He found it in artwork that had not been compromised by the academy or gallery system. Though the artists he discovered often existed on the margins of society, he contended that their art revealed a raw, singular vision. Dubuffet sought out and was inspired by "an art free of the dictates of tradition or fashion, an art liberated from all social compromise, an art which draws its strength from an impassioned way of thinking and an almost autistic inner necessity."

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