The use of thick impasto paint into which other materials such as sand, mud, cement and shells have been added

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  • Jean Dubuffet, 'The Exemplary Life of the Soil (Texturology LXIII)' 1958

    Jean Dubuffet
    The Exemplary Life of the Soil (Texturology LXIII) 1958
    Oil on canvas
    support: 1295 x 1619 mm frame: 1360 x 1681 x 65 mm
    Purchased 1966 ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2002

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  • Antoni Tapies, 'Pasted Cloth' 1976

    Antoni Tapies
    Pasted Cloth 1976
    Print and mixed media on paper
    support: 632 x 908 mm
    Purchased 1981 Foundation Antoni Tapies, Barcelona/ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2002

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  • Frank Auerbach, 'Small Head of E.O.W.' 1957-8

    Frank Auerbach
    Small Head of E.O.W. 1957-8
    Oil on board
    support: 305 x 216 mm frame: 393 x 294 x 53 mm
    Purchased 1959 Frank Auerbach

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The term appeared in the 1950s to describe the technique popularised by a group of Dutch and Belgian painters such as Bram Bogart, Jaap Wagemaker, Bert de Leeuw, René Guiette and Marc Mendelson. Its intention was to highlight the nature of painting and its materials.

Other artists whose work is often associated with matter painting are the French painter and sculptor Jean Dubuffet, the Spanish artist Antoni Tàpies and the American painter Julian Schnabel.