Bold ode to matter, Paysage Désorienté illustrates better than any other Dubuffet's paintings from the end of the 50s his radical rupture with formalism. Leading figure of informal art and fierce defender of art brut, of which he is a major representative, the polymath artist here makes room for this "part of chance specific to each medium" he vividly described in his writings of the 60s.
With its mute tones, its subject blending into the background, and its spontaneous and rough touch reminiscent of Paysages du Mental from the early 50s, as well as the childhood drawings the artist was fond of, Paysage Désorienté is particularly emblematic of the famous Lieux Cursifs Dubuffet created in Vence between April and September 1957.
Flattened up, the ground plane and protagonists embedded in the pictorial matter here merge into an intellectual construct indicative of Dubuffet's poetical and strange world vision. Initially bought from the mythical Facchetti gallery -the one who exhibited Michel Tapié protégés for its opening in 1951, organizing an outstanding exhibition entitled Signifiants de l'informel with works by Fautrier, Dubuffet, Mathieu, Michaux and Riopelle, before holding the first French retrospective exhibition of the then little known American painter Jackson Pollock- Paysages Désorienté is also highly representative of the most avant-garde trends of the post-war period.
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