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Jean Dubuffet, L'heure de pointe 8 décembre 1980, 1980

Acrylic on canvas
39 3/8 × 31 7/8 in. / 100 × 81 cm
(T0012245)
Executed in acrylic on canvas, L'heure de pointe 8 décembre 1980 is a large-scale example from Jean Dubuffet’s Partitions series. Painted in thick, graffiti-like brushstrokes against vividly coloured backgrounds, the series features groups of figures floating in contained cells of flat, uniform colour.

Dubuffet began the series, which consists of 92 paintings, in 1980. L’heure de pointe means ‘rush hour’, a clue to the chaotic landscape before us, while figures dressed in black business suits that Dubuffet sometimes called passants, or ‘passersby’, might be urban commuters hurrying to work among the silhouettes of trees evident in the upper left of the painting. These figures allude to an idea of the contemporary city: crowded and fast-paced, fragmented yet interconnected through invisible networks.
$1,850,000
T0012245 Jean Dubuffet L'heure de pointe 8 décembre 1980, 1980
T0012245 Jean Dubuffet L'heure de pointe 8 décembre 1980, 1980
T0012245 Jean Dubuffet L'heure de pointe 8 décembre 1980, 1980
T0012245 Jean Dubuffet L'heure de pointe 8 décembre 1980, 1980 – Timothy Taylor