Jean Dubuffet

Logogriph of Blades

March 31, 1969

Logogriph of Blades belongs to Dubuffet’s cycle of works entitled L’Hourloupe, begun in 1962 and inspired by a doodle he drew while on the telephone. Dubuffet said: “I associate [Hourloupe], by assonance, to ‘hurler’ [to roar], to ‘hululer’ [to hoot], to ‘loup’ [wolf], to Riquet à la Houppe and the title of Maupassant’s book Le Horla inspired by mental instability.” As in a word puzzle (logogriph), the ‘blades’ in this sculpture are scrambled, resembling ever-proliferating cellular entities. Rather than depicting reality, Dubuffet sought to evoke the way things appeared in one’s mind.

Artist Jean Dubuffet
Original Title Logogriphe aux pales
Date March 31, 1969
Medium Epoxy paint with polyurethene on cast polyester resin
Dimensions 55.2 x 57.8 x 38.1 cm
Credit line Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York, Hannelore B. and Rudolph B. Schulhof Collection, bequest of Hannelore B. Schulhof, 2012
Accession 2012.53
Collection Schulhof Collection
Type Sculpture

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