Jean Dubuffet at the Jeanne Bucher Jaeger gallery

“Self-portrait V” (1966), by Jean Dubuffet.

The gallerist Jeanne Bucher (1872-1946) had not exhibited the young Dubuffet (1901-1985), but his successor, Jean-François Jaeger (1923-2021), will begin in 1964 a long-term companionship with the artist. This exhibition, imagined in homage to the work of their father by Véronique and Emmanuel Jaeger (today at the head of the almost centenary gallery), underlines this central relationship to time in the work of the artist as in that of the gallerist. The hanging revolves around the emblematic Hourloupe cycle (1962-1974), a turning point in Dubuffet's career, all in black lines and hatched or colored facets on a white background, which will lead him to sculpture. Drawing is given pride of place (Bic, marker, ink, cut-outs, etc.), a practice which served the artist as an insatiable creative laboratory (series of “Cursive Landscapes”, “Conjectures”, “Psycho-Sites”, “ Mires”…) to the fascinating “Non-Places” of the end of his life, propulsions in an astral as well as a mental world, in weightlessness.

“Mire G59”, Jean Dubuffet, 1983.

"The Course of Things". Jeanne Bucher Jaeger Gallery, 5, rue de Saintonge, Paris 3e. Until November 19. Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m.

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