1961 marked the beginning of a new cycle in Dubuffet's work, today widely considered as his absolute masterpiece. With Paris Circus
, the artist put aside his enigmatic "materiologic" researches for a sort of whirlwind, "a restless wellspring (...) ready to project flakes of chaos around", both magnetic and extravagant (Jean Dubuffet, Délits, Déportements, Lieux de haut jeu
, Max Loreau, 1971, p. 391). Dubuffet's mineral and ascetical approach gave way to city effervescence, the hubbub of streets, shops and boutiques with their touching collapsible protagonists.
Here, Dubuffet uses urban structures to create hectic works. Rue Boissy d'Anglas (au Boudin Mystique)
shows an exuberant microcosm filled with polychromatic shapes emblematic of the circus this representative of raw art set out to bluntly depict, disrupting artistic conventions in a visual chaos he came to master. The work thus reconnects with the vibrant and bubbly cityscapes the artist had set aside for some time. Created in the middle of the winter of 1961 and for the first time exhibited by the mythical Daniel Cordier gallery only a few blocks away from the very chic
rue Boissy d'Anglas, a famous artery of the Faubourg Saint-Honoré, the work here presented was first acquired by Jean Planque, who kept it in his private collection for many years, probably considering it as a quintessential example of the prolific and fabulous career of one of the greatest artists of the 20th
century, who succeeded in "opening the floodgates of imagination in reality" (Max Loreau).
In the text
To those who don't find the world to their liking, I advise not to try to change the world, but to change what they like.