Dhotel Nuance d’Abricot is a painting created in 1947 by the French artist Jean Dubuffet. The portrait depicts writer André Dhôtel, with an emphasis on his facial features, wrinkles, and teeth. This painting is an example of Dubuffet’s art brut style, which is characterized by the use of unconventional materials and techniques in creating works of art.
Dubuffet, who began his career as a wine trader, gave up academic painting in 1924 to pursue his own unique style. He believed that the art world was too focused on creating traditional and refined works, which led him to develop his raw art approach. He used a variety of methods to create texture and depth in his work, such as pouring and layering paint, and incorporating found objects like sand and broken glass.
This oil on canvas painting measures 116 x 89 cm and is a striking and unconventional portrayal of Dhôtel. Dubuffet’s use of thick brushstrokes and muted colors adds to the raw and gritty feel of the piece. Dhotel Nuance d’Abricot is a testament to Dubuffet’s commitment to creating unconventional, raw, and unique works of art that depart from traditional notions of beauty and refinement.