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.
Fanciful universes, extreme talents, minds freed from conventions: let's discover together some representatives of Art Brut, also known as “outsider art."
Vincent van Gogh once said “I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process”. This statement seems to sum up his entire career, where genius and mental instability were one and the same. But van Gogh was not alone, and the same could be said for many other famous figures of art history.