Jean Dubuffet (French, French, 1901 - 85)
1973. Oil on canvas, 43 1/2". 1978.024
This sculpture belongs to the series of drawings and sculptures Dubuffet called L’hourloupe, a term he coined to suggest “something rumbling and threatening with tragic overtones.” The series originated from doodles in red and blue ballpoint pen, some of which the artist eventually translated into three-dimensional forms like this one. Dubuffet regarded the strange objects in this series as apparitions or emissaries from another world—hence the mysterious title of this object, “equinox pants.” All of them include organic and abstract shapes, meandering lines and stripes, commercial inks, and artificial materials.