Jean Dubuffet: ‘Outsider Art’ Bursting With Color

NEW YORK—At the Metropolitan Museum of Art, two paintings by Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985), a French artist unfamiliar to me, attracted my attention. I was drawn to them for a couple of reasons—both canvases were bursting with color and they were executed in a somewhat crude style that the museum likens to outsider art. Dubuffet’s “A Widow” portrait is particularly captivating.

Photos by Arts Observer

Detail of “A Widow,” 1943 (oil on canvas).

“A View of Paris with Furtive Pedestrians,” 1944 (oil on canvas).

Detail of Dubuffet’s “furtive pedestrians.”

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