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John Foster

The Collection de l’Art Brut


“We intend with these works executed by those unscathed by artistic culture, in which, the mimesis has little role in the way that the artist draws everything (subject, choice of material, the creative process, ways of expressing an idea, rhythms, etc.) from their own depths and, unlike intellectuals, not from the conventions of classical or fashionable art.”
― Jean Dubuffet

The Collection de l’Art Brut in Lausanne, Switzerland was begun in 1971 by a donation of 4,000 pieces of artwork, all of which were in the private collection of French artist Jean Dubuffet. The artist had long collected the work of institutionalized and marginalized people — works that he and a few other contemporaries like Paul Klee, Andre Breton, Max Ernst and Franz Marc, documented, wrote about and collected.

It was Dubuffet who coined the term ‘Art Brut,’ a term that defined art that was raw, pure and untainted from the principles of teaching. This was art that emerged from the mind of madness, or genius—without regard for what the rest of the art world coveted — fame, exhibitions or sales.

The work you see here today is from the Collection de l’Art Brut in Lausanne, culled from their informative new website. Since the donation by Dubuffet in 1971, the museum has continued to add to the collection, with works by more contemporary self-taught and visionary masters such as the reclusive Henry Darger, the autistic savant George Widener and others.

All images © Collection de l’Art Brut, Lausanne, Switzerland


The Collection de l’Art Brut
Doudin, Jules (1884-1946), Switzerland

The Collection de l’Art Brut
Aloïse (1886-1964), Switzerland

The Collection de l’Art Brut
Carlo (1916-1974), Italy

The Collection de l’Art Brut
Carlo (1916-1974), Italy

The Collection de l’Art Brut
Wölfli, Adolf (1864-1930), Switzerland

The Collection de l’Art Brut
Wölfli, Adolf (1864-1930), Switzerland

The Collection de l’Art Brut
Wölfli, Adolf (1864-1930), Switzerland

The Collection de l’Art Brut
Duhem, Paul (1919–1999), Belgium

The Collection de l’Art Brut
Deeds, James Edward (1908-1987), USA

The Collection de l’Art Brut
End, Paul (1895-?), France

The Collection de l’Art Brut
Forestier, Auguste (1887-1958), France

The Collection de l’Art Brut
Duf, Gaston (1920-1966), France


The Collection de l’Art Brut
Genk, Willem van (1927-2005), Netherlands

The Collection de l’Art Brut
Fusco, Sylvain (1903-1940), France

The Collection de l’Art Brut
Gill, Madge (1882-1961), England

The Collection de l’Art Brut
Jakic, Vojislav (1932–2003), Macedonia

The Collection de l’Art Brut
Maisonneuve, Pascal-Désir (1863-1934), France

The Collection de l’Art Brut
Mackintosh, Dwight (1906-1999), USA

The Collection de l’Art Brut
Walla, August (1936-2001), Austria

The Collection de l’Art Brut
Walla, August (1936-2001), Austria

The Collection de l’Art Brut
Scott, Judith (1943-2005), USA

The Collection de l’Art Brut
Widener, George (1962), USA

The Collection de l’Art Brut
Sawada, Shinichi (1982), Japan

The Collection de l’Art Brut
Tschirtner, Oswald (1920-2007), Austria

The Collection de l’Art Brut
Tripier, Jeanne (1869-1944), France

The Collection de l’Art Brut
Salingardes, Henri (1872-1947), France

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I used To Draw Such things When I was A Child , & as I Saw Today Your Blog Containing This Art, It Takes me To my Childhood.
Kraftsmann Machinery
08.06.13
08:52



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