French artist Jean Dubuffet was born in Le Havre on July 3, 1901. Two of his works can be see in Louisville at the Kentucky Center on Main Street.
Perceval and Faribolus are part of a cycle of work called Hourloupes, a name Dubuffet created because he liked the sound. Perceval, a knight in Arthurian legend and Faribolus, which means nonsense in French, were inspired by ballet and are just two of an eleven figure series.
The Hourloupes derived from Dubuffet’s doodling with red and blue pens. The sculptures are made from Styropor, a fragile white plastic which Dubuffet cut with a heated wire, using it like a brush.
Stop by the Kentucky Center to see the sculptures, then come to the Art Library and find out more about Dubuffet and his work.