Dates: 1945-Present

Origin: France

Key Artists: Jean Dubuffet

[‘Raw art’] the term used by the French painter Jean Dubuffet (1901–85) to describe the kind of art he discerned in the work of psychotics, children, and amateur painters and of which he formed a large collection (now in a museum in Lausanne). In 1948 Dubuffet founded a company, the Compagnie de l’art brut, to promote Art Brut, but it folded in 1951. Dubuffet’s own paintings were strongly influenced by such art, which he perceived as refreshingly direct and emerging spontaneously from the unconscious mind.

“Art Brut.” The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms. Oxford Art Online. 12 Mar. 2010 <;

Jean Dubuffet


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