from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Dubuffet, Jean 1901-1985. French artist who developed art brut, "raw art,” to express the vitality and immediacy absent from some academic art.


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  • The imagery of figures from renown modernist painting and sculpture being apprehended by art police seem comic, even juvenile, until we realize that modern art such as that made by Jean Dubuffet, Francis Bacon, Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein--artists humorously quoted in Equipo Cronica's post '68 work--coincides with Franco's notorious repression of cultural production that lasted until his death in 1975.

    G. Roger Denson: You Say You Want a Revolution. Well You Know, Art Can Cure You of That

  • Notably, but not exclusively, the Dada and Surrealist holdings of the Ed and Lindy Bergman Collection at the Art Institute of Chicago must have had a strong impact on impressionable art students, along with the works of Jean Dubuffet, Ivan Albright and others who never neatly fit into any of the 'isms' of the time.

    A Subtle Pop

  • Oslo Art "Dubuffet as Architect" explores Jean Dubuffet's interest in architecture, evident in many of the French painter and sculptor's projects from the period 1967–74, represented here by 50 works, including drawings, sculptures, models and paintings.

    What's on around Europe

  • This oxymoronic exhibition with its marquee names—Jean Dubuffet, Martin Kippenberger, Yves Klein, Piero Manzoni, Robert Rauschenberg, Julian Schnabel and Andy Warhol, among nearly 30 others—is an object lesson in just how much—or how little—you can do to a substrate most often canvas, with tedious results.

    A Close-Up of a Master

  • Sometimes she threw away the picture and just sent the commentary: I copied the Dubuffet for you then added a little color.

    The Memory Palace

  • Born in Le Havre, France, in 1901, Dubuffet didn't pursue art in earnest until he was in his 40s, at which point he developed a deliberately "unskilled" style inspired by what he termed "Art Brut."

    Dubuffet's Last Blast of Provocation

  • Dubuffet called his final paintings "Non-Lieux," a French trial term for "cases dismissed" and a metaphor for a rapidly concluding life.

    Dubuffet's Last Blast of Provocation

  • They show how Dubuffet continued to test the standards of taste and convention.

    Dubuffet's Last Blast of Provocation

  • It was the 1980s, and Jean Dubuffet wanted to be something of an artistic bad boy again.

    Dubuffet's Last Blast of Provocation

  • Suffering from osteoporosis and emphysema, Dubuffet dedicated the last few years of his life to a series of wild and incongruous paintings.

    Dubuffet's Last Blast of Provocation


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