The Easel

Art Brut in America: The Incursion of Jean Dubuffet at the American Folk Art Museum

The French modernist Jean Dubuffet had the family resources and connections to pursue his passion – “outsider art”. He was most fascinated by psychiatric patients, whose work he felt had “artistic purity and uncontaminated creativity”. Not only did these works influence his own art but, in the immediate aftermath of Nazi persecution of the mentally ill, his project had an emphatically redemptive quality.