Born: 1901 (Le Havre, France)
Died: 1985 (Paris, France)




Evolving from ballpoint pen doodles he did while talking on the phone, the experimentations that resulted in what he dubbed "L'Hourloupe" became the longest cycle of works in the French artist Jean Dubuffet's oeuvre. Featuring bold lines, strong graphics, and cellular imagery that pulsate with colorful, drunken rhythm, L'Hourloupe (1962-74) encompasses drawing, painting and sculpture. Dubuffet defended his creative impulses saying, "The painter... is justified... in painting only that which he does not see but aspires to see." It was a revelation that left critics divided at its inception.
Galerie Jeanne-Bucher, as one of the original supporters and exhibitors of Dubuffet's work in Paris, has focused solely on a selection of works from the artist's L'Hourloupe period. Already exhibited as part of the Artparis expo in Paris's soaring Grand Palais in March, the gallery gained unprecedented permission from the Fondation Dubuffet to reproduce and enlarge one of the artist's most beautiful sculptures, "Le deviseur I," in epoxy-painted polyurethane to a height of 3 meters.