Photographer's Note

This work is called “Le Jardin d’Email” and is a creation by Jean Dubuffet.

Jardin d’émail (1974) is much-loved by the public; hundreds of thousands of people have visited the work in recent decades. Because of this, and due to weathering, the work has suffered greatly. After more than forty years, it is in need of a durable conservation, so that future generations can enjoy it to the full again.

When we had a “Mini Meeting” with Christine, Will, Len and Beverley, last year October, we visited the Kröller-Müller Museum and its Sculpture Garden. At that time this stunning object was covered with a large tent and therefore it wasn’t visible to the public because of conservation works.

About the Artist, Jean Dubuffet:
Born in 1901 in the Haute-Normandie region of France to a wine merchant, Dubuffet moved to Paris in 1918 to study at the Académie Julian. He dropped out after six months to study independently. By 1924, he abandoned art to work for his father’s business, returning briefly in the 1930s only to stop again and then finally devote himself to art in 1942.
Dubuffet utilized different materials and surfaces to depict commonplace subjects, such as people riding the Paris subway and a girl milking a cow.
(Text from WEB)

* You can have a look at the conservation works via this link

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