Jean Dubuffet

1901–1985

Jean Dubuffet, 'The Busy Life' 1953
The Busy Life 1953
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Biography

Jean Philippe Arthur Dubuffet (31 July 1901 – 12 May 1985) was a French painter and sculptor. His idealistic approach to aesthetics embraced so called "low art" and eschewed traditional standards of beauty in favor of what he believed to be a more authentic and humanistic approach to image-making. He is perhaps best known for founding the art movement Art Brut, and for the collection of works—Collection de l'art brut—that this movement spawned. Dubuffet enjoyed a prolific art career, both in France and in America, and was featured in many exhibitions throughout his lifetime.

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Work in Focus: Jean Dubuffet

Author Mark Haddon on The Busy Life by Jean Dubuffet

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Poem of the Month: David Harsent

This month David Harsent presents his poem on Jean Dubuffet’s Le Arbres de Fluides 1950, and Susan Hiller’s ...
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Between terror and ecstasy

Stories of hallucinations in art and literature date back to the Bible, but the idea of the artistic hallucination is ...

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Contemporary artists on a work in the Tate collection