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In the 1940s Dubuffet became interested in work made by untrained artists, children and the mentally ill. He believed that such art, which he called Art Brut (Raw Art), was free from the cultural conventions governing fine art, and reflected the true dynamics of the human mind. Dubuffet particularly admired graffiti and the surface of Large Black Landscape, which was built up of layers of paint into which lines were scraped and gouged, is reminiscent of an aged, crumbling, graffiti-covered wall.

July 2012