Mire G 112 (Kowloon)

Sat, 02/18/2023 - 18:05

I saw this painting in a museum in Antibes (French Riviera) in May last year.

The artist is Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985), the date of creation is given as 8 August 1983.

Don't have the slightest idea why Kowloon appears in the title of the painting.

Date picture taken


Extract from Artsy.net

'Created in 1983, just two years before the artist's passing, Jean Dubuffet’s Mire G (Kowloon) utilizes rich primary colors and abstract form to evoke strong reactions from its viewers. The artist’s Mire series is understood as a dramatic divergence from his previous Hourloupes, and were referred to by Dubuffet as “Test Patterns” employed to revitalize his creativity. The present lot showcases Dubuffet’s bright yellow ground, newly and routinely utilized in the Mires series to illuminate the artist’s gestural energy. The purity of color and the looseness of abstract lines throughout the composition completely abandon the figural imagery present in Dubuffet’s previous works, and portray a raw and unrefined emotion that encourage personal interpretation. Among one of the first artists to question the authenticity of institutional art practices, Dubuffet’s ideals persisted even through the end of his career."