Admission is always free Directions

Open today: 10:00 to 5:00

Jean Dubuffet, Façades d’immeubles (Building Façades), 1946, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of the Stephen Hahn Family Collection


Façades d’immeubles (Building Façades), Dubuffet (Verbal Description)

The rough texture, somber color palette, and coarse style of Dubuffet’s paintings confront the viewer with their directness. In this work, he depicts a city in a graffiti-like figurative style. He created the animated, crudely drawn stick figures of this postwar apartment complex by scratching through black paint to reveal hidden, delicate colors beneath.

Released: September 30, 2016