Jean Dubuffet

1901 (Havre)- 1985 (Paris)

Portrait de Jean Dubuffet artiste moderne

Biography

Born in Le Havre on July 31, 1901 and died in Paris on May 12, 1985, Jean Dubuffet was a French painter, sculptor and visual artist.

Jean Dubuffet came from a family of wealthy wine merchants and belonged to the bourgeoisie of Le Havre. He met Armand Salacrou, Georges Limbour and Raymond Queneau at the Lycée François Ier and took drawing classes at the École des Beaux-Arts in Le Havre.

Dubuffet is a self-taught against the art of the museums of his time and theorizes the style of “art brut” which designates the productions of people without artistic culture. He is the most contested and most admired French artist of the post-war period at the time of a retrospective of 400 paintings, gouaches, sculptures which takes place at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris in 1960.