Jean Dubuffet Peopling of the Lands 1953

Artwork details

Artist
Jean Dubuffet 1901–1985
Title
Peopling of the Lands
Peuplement des terres
Date 1953
Medium Lithograph on paper
Dimensions Image: 645 x 500 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1986
Reference
P77160
Not on display

Display caption

The textures of these lithographs exemplify the technical inventiveness found in Jean Dubuffet’s work through which he tried to break the accepted boundaries of art. For some of his prints he used materials such as leaves, vegetables, salt, sugar and tapioca. These provide the basis for the dense surfaces that suggest the earth in which people and creatures swarm. Many of Dubuffet’s figures are quickly drawn and recall the urban graffiti that helped to inspire them.

March 2007

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