Pen and black ink
Support: Wove paper
Sheet: 33.4 x 24.9 cm (13 1/8 x 9 13/16 in.)
Gift of Louise S. Richards 2005.276
© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Tree is an example of Dubuffet’s full-blown Hourloupe style. In this drawing, Dubuffet further restricted his Hourloupe palette of black, white, and red to simply black ink on white paper. Landscapes became an increasingly prevalent theme in Dubuffet’s work throughout the 1960s. In addition to drawing and painting trees in the spring of 1964, he also drew isolated domestic objects-a typewriter, a pair of scissors, and a cup of tea-described as landscapes. Dubuffet intended Tree as the embodiment of an idea of a tree, the interpretation of a mental landscape, rather than evocative of the physical presence of a tree.
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