Dates: 1882-1895

Origin: France

Key Artists: Eugene Bataille (Sapeck)

The Incoherents (Les Arts Incohérents) was a short-lived French art movement founded by Parisian writer and publisher Jules Lévy, which in its satirical irreverence anticipated many of the art techniques and attitudes later associated with avant-garde and anti-art. Lévy coined the phrase “les arts incohérents” as a play on the common expression “les arts décoratifs.” The Incoherents presented work which was deliberately irrational and iconoclastic, “found” art objects, the drawings of children, and drawings “made by people who don’t know how to draw.”

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