Art brut

DEFINITION

Coined in 1945 by French artist Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985), the word is French for ???raw art???. It refers to the art of Outsiders---na??ve artists, the mentally ill, and the art of children---persons isolated from main society. Art Brut was often celebrated in the work of Dubuffet, who appreciated its being done for its own sake and not for concern of profit. A major collection of Art Brut work is at the Collection de l&#39;Art Brut, founded by Dubuffet in Lausanne, Switzerland and opened in 1976. The collection is based on European art but is much expanded from that. American artists associated with this style include Ted Gordon, Henry Darger, and Inez Nathaniel Walker. Sources: Kimberley Reynolds, "Illustrated Dictionary of Art Terms"; Chuck and Jan Rosenak, "Contemporary American Folk Art: A Collector&#39;s Guide" <br><br>French for "raw art," Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985) devised this name in 1945 for the art of children and outsiders (na?ve artists and the mentally ill); actually, anyone not producing art for profit or recognition. Because they did not adhere to the cultural norms or fashion effecting most artists, Dubuffet felt there was greater honesty and power inherent in the work of such people. His collection of art brut moved Dubuffet to cultivate such raw artistic elements in his own work, sometimes making pictures with pastes including mud, asphalt, or broken glass.(pr. art broot)An example of art brut: Richard Dadd (English, 1817-1886), The Fairy Feller&#39;s Master-Stroke, 1855-64, oil on canvas, 54.0 x 39.4 cm, Tate Gallery, London. After murdering his father in 1843, Dadd was diagnosed as insane and spent the rest of his life in asylums. Cut off from the outside world, he produced a series of paintings which combine a remarkable attention to detail with an individual, manic intensity. A fairy woodman stands with his axe at the center of this composition, observed by numerous characters from Shakespeare&#39;s play A Midsummer Night&#39;s Dream, including the fairy king and queen Oberon and Titania, along with the fairy Queen Mab, who rides in her chariot. The horror vacui apparent in Richard Dadd&#39;s pictures may be a result of his severe mental illness. See fantastic and fantasy.Examples of works inspired by art brut: Jean Dubuffet (French, 1901-1985), Jazz band (dirty-style blues), 1945, oil on canvas, 97 x 130 cm, Georges Pompidou Center, Paris.

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