Jean Dubuffet Childbirth 1944
In 1959 Dubuffet was asked about his representation of human beings in his art and he said that “[he] attempted to carry the human image immediately into the range of effectiveness without passing through esthetics… the slightest intervention of esthetics obstructs for me the efficiency of functioning and spoils the sauce. That is why I try to reject from my works all that could have the smell of esthetics.”*
I tend to agree with this sentiment, or statement. There is so much art that seems to rely wholly on esthetics, and while they can be nice to look at, esthetics alone should not be what give a work of art value.
* Selz, Peter. New Images of Man. With Statements by the Artists. New York, Museum of Modern Art, 1959.