Jean DUBUFFET |
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France 1901 - 1985
Born in 1901 in Le Havre(France), died in 1985.
Painter, sculptor, and printmaker, best known for his development of art brut ("raw art").
At his death in 1985, at the age of 84, Jean Dubuffet was acknowledged to be one of the most important artists of the post-war generation. Violently anti-tradition at a time when many of the French longed for a return to normalcy, Dubuffet antagonized the art establishment with his dynamic style and his articulate arguments justifying his new way of thinking.
He had a brilliant childhood, began to paint early and revealed a gift for caricature. In 1918 he went to Paris and enrolled in the Academie Julian, Dubuffet demonstrated a facility for academic painting, but did no serious study there. During this time Dubuffet met Raoul Dufy, Max Jacob, Fernand Léger, and Suzanne Valadon and became fascinated with Hans Prinzhorn's book on psychopathic art.
In 1924, however, he gave up his painting, in 1925 he took over his father's wine business at Le Havre and in 1930 he started his own wholesale wine business in Paris. He did not return to a full-time art career until the early 1940s.
Dubuffet's first solo exhi ...
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