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Dialogue of the birds

  • Jean Dubuffet. ‘Dialogue aux oiseaux’ (Dialogue of the Birds). Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. Madrid © De las reproducciones autorizadas, VEGAP, 2011

    Jean Dubuffet. ‘Dialogue aux oiseaux’ (Dialogue of the Birds). Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. Madrid © De las reproducciones autorizadas, VEGAP, 2011

     
  

Category

Painting

Date

20th century (1949)

Artist

Jean Dubuffet

Cultural background

Contemporary

Original title

Dialogue aux oiseaux

The artist, Jean Dubuffet, is a key figure in the European avant-garde of the post-World War II period.

Dubuffet's work combines the study of the forms of expression of primitive art and his interest in materials. In the 1940s he made a series of compositions such as 'Dialogue aux oiseaux', featuring a base of a compact pictorial layer overlaid with sand, ash and tar, into which he made incisions which are dissolved by the material.

Part of his work is characterised by this constant experimentation with textures and materials such as coal, asphalt, mud and debris. His language is associated to Informalism or “L'art autre”, whose aesthetic derives from the Dadaist and Surrealist movements of the period between the wars.
 

Details of the work

Object
Painting

Dimensions
89 x 116.5 cm

Technique
Oil on canvas

  

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