In 1945, the French artist Jean Dubuuffe coined the term “art-brut”, which means “rough”, “hard” art.
Quite often, the authors of art brut’s works were mentally ill people, “holy fools”, “freaks”, and “mediums”. Their art did not fit into the academic framework, and instead of university teachers of painting and drawing, voices often appeared, indicating how and what to draw.
“Before the work on the picture begins, I have no idea what will be drawn. Spirits tell me: “Do not try to find out what you will create.” And I follow their instructions. When I take a tube of paint, I don’t know what color it is. I understand that this is unbelievable, but I follow my mentors like a child, ”admitted Augustin Lezage, probably one of the brightest representatives of“ rough art ”. This hereditary miner began to paint only at the age of 35. Continue reading