Modern and Contemporary Art
Corps de dame, jardin fleuri (Lady's Body, Flower Garden)
Jean Dubuffet, French, 1901 - 1985
Oil on canvas
2008-13-1Gift of the Pierre and Maria-Gaetana Matisse Foundation, 2008
LabelBetween April 1950 and February 1951, Dubuffet created over thirty-five paintings on the subject of Corps de dames, or "Ladies' Bodies." After a select group of these works were exhibited at the Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York, in January 1951, a critic described the crude, primitive, graffiti-like representations of the female form as having been "flattened out by a steam roller and allowed to dry in the sun for quite some time."
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