Geometry (Géométrie)

Jean Dubuffet French
Printed and published by Jean Dubuffet French

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The Phenomena series comprises more than 362 lithographs made, in the artist’s words, "without ever touching a brush" to the stone or using a lithographic crayon. Rather, Dubuffet experimented with unorthodox natural and industrial materials such as fruit peels, straw, glass, sandpaper, and razors, as well as varnish and other chemicals to create what he termed an "atlas of phenomena." These lithographs recall visible forms, such as geologic structures and organic materials, as well as microscopic elements. Their titles, which were given after the works were made, also reference geophysical associations. In Geometry, the speckled and elongated white drips set against a deep black ground evoke both the vastness of the cosmos and gestural abstractions made by artists such as Jackson Pollock.

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