Paysage rocheux sombre. 1954. Gouache and monotype. Loreau IV 107. Signed and dated in lower left, verso signed, dated "Janvier 54", titled and with a hand-written inscription "JD/84" as well as "St 3019". On black wove paper. 35.5 x 50 cm (13.9 x 19.6 in), the full sheet. [CH].
Early sheet with the typical haptic-pastose quality. In 1954, the year this work was made, Dubuffet had reached the first creative peak of his career, as a retrospective at Cercle Volnay in Paris shows. The work is executed in a fine coloring and is in a very good condition.
PROVENANCE: Private collection Lower Saxony.
LITERATURE: Galerie Gerda Bassenge, Berlin, 71st auction on June 6, 1998, lot 6076 (with illu. in black and white, p. 38). "If one were to chose a single artist who might best eptomize the confusion, the changing attitudes, the explorations and the highly original outlook peculiar to genius in the 1950’s one could properly select Jean Dubuffet." Evan H. Turner, former director od the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA), in: ex cat. Jean Dubuffet, Department of Prints and Drawings, Philadelphia Museum of Art, November 18, 1964 - January 10, 1965, preface.