September 8 – October 22, 2022
Jean Dubuffet; Paysages et lieux de promenade
Galerie Lelong & Co.
13 rue de Téhéran, Paris, France
Opening on Thursday, September 8th from 6pm
With the Lieux de promenade (Walking Sites), painted in only a few days of intense work at the end of August 1975, Dubuffet experiments with the presence of landscape or site without the familiar figures which were his mark until then. A series of vertical paintings, 102 by 70 cm format (40 x 27,5 in.), brilliantly colored, constituted of a tangled mass of signs and spots announcing the famous Mires.
A couple weeks later, end of 1975, he develops this manner with the Paysages du Val-de-Marne (Val-de-Marne Landscapes), a set of 8 paintings of the same format, but this time they are horizontal. Figurative elements can still be found but they are rare: a few trees, a house, barely discernable in a mass of abstract graphics. In Dubuffet’s own words, one passes from, “immediate visual figurations” to “denaturations due to whim”.
This series is complete. It has never been shown and is, for the first time, reproduced in color for our catalogue.