Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985) France

Jean Dubuffet was a French painter, sculptor and graphic artist. His work was raw: the surface textures were unconventional and the materials non-traditional, a style Dubuffet called “l’art brut”. The artist blended rock, sand, varnish and tar into paint, and thus created unique and grotesque effects in his motifs. Dubuffet experimented with his own primitive world, and was inspired by children and by drawings created by the mentally ill. In the late 1960s, he took an interest in sculpture.

Dubuffet broke away from the norms of how art should be or look, and dedicated himself to “low art”, seeking to create humane pieces imbued with authenticity. He is considered one of the major post-war artists of France.

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