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Jean Dubuffet - French Artist From Art History

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Historical Artist - Jean Dubuffet (1901 - 1985)

Born in LeHavre, France, Jean Dubuffet studied at the Academie Julien in Paris. However, he soon tired of their teaching, and began to explore on his own. He combined found objects with rough textures and thick paint to create naïve looking works which he called Art Brut, meaning raw art. Although he was often ridiculed, his art influenced the development of Pop Art and neo-Dadaism in the 1960’s. Many of Dubuffet's works are painted in oil paint using an impasto thickened by materials such as sand, tar and straw, giving the work an unusually textured surface. From 1962 he produced a series of works in which he limited himself to the colours red, white, black, and blue. Towards the end of the 1960s he turned increasingly to sculpture, producing works in polystyrene which he then painted with vinyl paint.

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