Art@Site Jean Dubuffet Milord la Chamarre Philadelphia

Jean Dubuffet


Milord la Chamarre

Centre Square Atrium
Milord has a higgledy-piggledy face. The glasses are bended. The hammer nose makes a turn. The mouth is skewly opened. Milord is wearing weird faces.
Nobody is wearing hilarious clothes like Milord does: his hat, shirt, pants, shoes are surpassing everyone. Milord is a funny guy. Milord dares to diviate from the group. And he knows it; he is standing on top of a pedestal.
How do you deviate? Do you dare to show yourself? Have you tried it? What did happen? Ask Milord Chamarre, if you have any questions!
By Theo,

Milord heeft een schots en scheef gezicht. De bril is verbogen. De hamerneus maakt een draai. De mond staat scheef geopend. Milord is aan het bekken trekken.
Niemand heeft zo’n gek pak aan als Milord: zijn hoed, shirt, broek, schoenen overtreffen iedereen. Milord is een malle. Milord durft af te wijken van de groep. Dat wil hij weten ook; hij staat bovenop een sokkel.
Waarin wijk jij af? Durf jij dit te laten zien? Heb je dat geprobeerd? Wat gebeurt er dan? Vraag het Milord Chamarre als je vragen hebt!
Door Theo,
In acquiring Milord la Chamarre for Centre Square, developer Jack Wolgin was attracted by the figure’s resemblance to a Philadelphia mummer in costume. The title translates roughly to 'My Lord of the Fancy Vest,' but local people often refer to the work as 'The Mummer.' Along with Oldenburg’s Clothespin, Milord was installed in 1976 as part of the Redevelopment Authority’s Percent for Art program.
An example of the style Jean Dubuffet termed l’art brut, a raw art untouched by convention, Milord la Chamarre resembles a giant jigsaw puzzle, an effect both disturbing and humorous. Milord looks boastful about his fancy vest; with his open mouth and hands-out strut, he is a bit ridiculous, a bit fearsome, a bit sad – much like Everyman. Originally placed in the atrium of Centre Square in 1976, the 5,000-pound work was relocated to the exterior when the building’s new owners embarked on a major renovation. In 2019, Milord was moved back inside to its orig Centre Square atrium.
Jean Dubuffet (1901- 1985) is a renowned French l’art brut painter, sculptor, lithographer, and writer. He began his journey as an artist in 1918 when he moved to Paris to receive formal training in painting at the Académie Julian. However, within six months the artist left his studies and began painting on his own. As time passed Dubuffet began to doubt the value of art and culture. He stopped painting altogether from 1924-33 and entered the wine trade. It was not until 1942 that Dubuffet began painting again and had his first one-man exhibition at the Galerie Ren Drouin, Paris in 1944. Beginning in 1962, the artist became preoccupied with an extensive series called 'Hourloupe,' which included not only paintings but also painted sculptures and three-dimensional works in polyester resin. Dubuffet’s major works have been collected by several of the world’s leading museums including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Guggenheim Museum, Metroeum of Art, and Museum of Modern Art in New York City; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice; and the Stadel Museum, Frankfurt.
Jean Philippe Arthur Dubuffet (31 July 1901 – 12 May 1985) was a French painter and sculptor. His idealistic approach to aesthetics embraced so-calle"low art" and eschewed traditional standards of beauty in favor of what he believed to be a more authentic and humanistic approach to image-making. He is perhaps best known for founding the art movement Art Brut, and for the collection of works—Collection de l'art brut—that this movement spawned. Dubuffet enjoyed a prolific art career, both in France and in America, and was featured in many exhibitions throughout his lifet