Museum Folkwang
Paysage à la chauve-souris
  • Jean Philippe Arthur Dubuffet
  • Paysage à la chauve-souris, 1952

  • Landscape with Bat
  • Oil and gesso on canvas
  • 97 x 131 cm
  • Acquired in 1982 with the support of North Rhine-Westphalia, the City of Essen, and the Eugen-und-Agnes-von-Waldthausen-Platzhoff-Museums-Stiftung
  • Inv. G 457
  • CommentaryWorks like this landscape, entitled ›Paysage à la chauve-souris‹ (Landscape with Bat), convey Jean Dubuffet’s fascination with the visual and tactile qualities of various painting materials. Dubuffet was one of the primary representatives of Art Brut, and his artistic interests were focused mainly on the embodiment and application of color. By mixing-in different materials such as gravel, sand, and plaster, the artist sought to heighten the consistency and effect of the paints. Using this approach, combined with pastose strokes across the entire canvas, he was able to achieve a haptic, relief-like surface texture that lends the subject of landscape an additionally rustic and »earthy-imaginary« reference to reality. This surprisingly »crusty« surface, comprised of a mostly red-brown mass of color, is strongly decisive for the visual impression conveyed in ›Paysage‹. It puts classic viewing habits to the test. Although the artist included a romantic reference to classic landscape painting by hinting at a horizon, he went on to simultaneously disrupt it again by asking the beholder to search for the bat.
  • Provenance1982, Galerie Hans Strelow, Düsseldorf
    1982, Kauf bei Strelow, Museum Folkwang, Essen
  • Obj_Id: 2,968
  • Obj_Internet_S: ja
  • Obj_Ownership_S (Verantw):Painting, Sculpture, Media Art
  • Obj_SpareNField01_N (Verantw): 187
  • Obj_Creditline_S: Gemäldesammlung
  • Obj_Title1_S: Paysage à la chauve-souris
  • Obj_Title2_S: Landscape with Bat
  • Obj_PartDescription_S (Titelerg):
  • Obj_SpareMField01_M (Alle Titel): Paysage à la chauve-souris Landscape with Bat Paysage à la chauve-souris Landschaft mit Fledermaus
  • Obj_Dating_S: 1952
  • Jahr von: 1,952
  • Jahr bis: 1,952
  • Obj_IdentNr_S: G 457
  • Obj_IdentNrSort_S: G 0457
  • Obj_Classification_S (Objtyp): Painting
  • Obj_Crate_S: 97 x 131 cm
  • Obj_Material_S: Oil and gesso on canvas
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  • Obj_SpareSField01_S (Mat./Tech.): Oil and gesso on canvas
  • Obj_AccNote_S (Erwerb): Acquired in 1982 with the support of North Rhine-Westphalia, the City of Essen, and the Eugen-und-Agnes-von-Waldthausen-Platzhoff-Museums-Stiftung
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  • Obj_Rights_S: © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017
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Works like this landscape, entitled ›Paysage à la chauve-souris‹ (Landscape with Bat), convey Jean Dubuffet’s fascination with the visual and tactile qualities of various painting materials. Dubuffet was one of the primary representatives of Art Brut, and his artistic interests were focused mainly on the embodiment and application of color. By mixing-in different materials such as gravel, sand, and plaster, the artist sought to heighten the consistency and effect of the paints. Using this approach, combined with pastose strokes across the entire canvas, he was able to achieve a haptic, relief-like surface texture that lends the subject of landscape an additionally rustic and »earthy-imaginary« reference to reality. This surprisingly »crusty« surface, comprised of a mostly red-brown mass of color, is strongly decisive for the visual impression conveyed in ›Paysage‹. It puts classic viewing habits to the test. Although the artist included a romantic reference to classic landscape painting by hinting at a horizon, he went on to simultaneously disrupt it again by asking the beholder to search for the bat.