Autumn 2002

Outsider art in the raw

Art Brut

Lucienne Peiry
Flammarion, £16.95, $24.95

‘L’Art Brut’, literally ‘raw’ or ‘crude’ art, is the term the French painter and avant-gardist Jean Dubuffet used to describe artworks produced by the culturally isolated – psychiatric patients, prisoners, children and old people are all examples – who he believed had a particularly direct and vital way of thinking and working. This book charts in detail the history of the Art Brut collection that Dubuffet built up

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