Ar brut (French Art brut – rough, raw art) is a trend in European art of the mid-twentieth century, the founder and leader of which was the French artist Jean Dubuffet, who developed the concept of pure art, an art that rejects beauty and harmony. Each person is an artist, for a human being to draw is as natural as talking or walking. Unburdened by the traditions and knowledge of the “suffocating culture”, he creates instinctively and directly. Close directions are marginal art, naive, intuitive art, folk art, primitivism.
According to Dubuffet, Ar brut is creativity in its purest manifestation: a spontaneous mental outburst from the depths of the mind and consciousness, imprinted on paper or embodied in material. He turns to the art of the mentally ill, people. Isolated from society, considering only their true artists, possessing the subjectivity that gives a person a true individuality. Continue reading