Jean Dubuffet
The Exemplary Life of the Soil (Texturology LXIII) 1958

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Jean Dubuffet 1901–1985
The Exemplary Life of the Soil (Texturology LXIII)
Vie exemplaire du sol (Texturologie LXIII)
Date 1958
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1295 x 1619 mm
frame: 1360 x 1681 x 65 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1966
Not on display

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Dubuffet invented various techniques to portray soil in a series of paintings called ‘Texturologies’. For this work, he adapted the ‘Tyrolean’ technique, used by stone masons to texture newly plastered walls. Dubuffet shook a brush over the painting, which was laid on the floor, to scatter tiny droplets of paint across the surface. His intention was to give an ‘impression of teeming matter, alive and sparkling, which I could use to represent soil, but which could also evoke all kinds of indeterminate textures, and even galaxies and nebulae’.

July 2008

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