Jean Dubuffet, Cycliste nue, 1944

Jean Dubuffet, Cycliste nue, 1944, the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, California
I want to ride my bicycle! BIIIICYCLE! Just kidding, I do not know how to ride a bicycle. Here is Cycliste nue (Nude Cyclist), July 28th, 1944, Jean Dubuffet, at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, California. Dubuffet is the founder of an art movement Art Brut (“raw art” or “rough art” in English), a term coined by art critic Roger Cardinal in 1972. Dubuffet’s intense curiosity and need for knowledge has led him away from traditional, more high end and educational way of painting, to a more humanistic approach to his craft. His style developed from his interest in every day activities, such as taking a subway or riding a bicycle, and his curiosity of those who are not formally trained, such as children and especially the art of those who reside in psychiatric hospitals inspired his own style. What brought Dubuffet to start Art Brut is the idea that classical, more socially and academia accepted art was mundane and cold, almost lacking in human spirit and life. What interested Jean more is the art of those who are not normally accepted by the art world as artists, such as prisoners, psychiatric patients and children, or “low art”, for that is the art that is a direct representation of the world around himself and his peers, it is the reflection of the everyday people and of their everyday lives, regardless of if it is a life of a psychiatric patient or of a man walking down the street. It was important for Dubuffet to personalize art, not just for himself, but also for those around him. Pictured here is Cycliste nue (Nude Cyclist), 1944, Jean Dubuffet, Dubuffet Drawings 1935-1962, The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, California

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