Dubuffet "Le chien jappeur", 1953

In this context of historical crisis, Jean Dubuffet decided to renounce figuration and instead incorporate heterodox influences into his art, such as those associated with mental illness and childhood: visions of life that were much closer to what is essential. In 1957, the artist wrote: ‘True art is never where it is expected to be: in the place where no one considers it, nor names it. Art hates to be recognised and greeted by its name. It runs away immediately. Art is a character in love with anonymity.’