The Power of Art Brut

On 06 May 2021, by Agathe Albi-Gervy

For the past few years, its market has been growing strongly with dealers and collectors 

€162,280
Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985), Mire G 71 (Boléro), 1983, acrylic on paper laid on canvas, 67 x 100 cm/26.3 x 39.4 in. Versailles, July 5, 2015. Versailles Enchères auction house

In 2016, the Metropolitan Museum staged an exhibition on William P. Chappel (1801-1878), an amateur folk art painter who depicted early 19th-century New York: true acclaim for an exponent of "outsider art". In 1945, Jean Dubuffet conceptualized its French equivalent, "Art Brut", to describe the "art of the insane" developed in psychiatric hospitals in the 19th century. In the 1970s, it began to cover American folk art, naive art and popular art—which all shared the fact that they were produced by self-taught artists seemingly compelled to create. In recent years, their price index has rocketed, as witnessed by New York's Outsider Art Fair, held in Paris for three years, which is no stranger to the phenomenon. Even auction houses dedicate entire sales to it.
 

 
€2,231Alexander Pavlovich Lobanov (1924-2003), Self-Portrait - The Hunters, double-sided drawing, mixed media on paper, 29.3 x 21 cm/11.5

€2,231
Alexander Pavlovich Lobanov (1924-2003), Self-Portrait - The Hunters, double-sided drawing, mixed media on paper, 29.3 x 21 cm/11.5 x 8.2 in. Drouot, March 31, 2012. Christophe Joron Derem auction house. Mr. Vidal

€1,513French school of the 20th century, Le Totem, sculpture on wood, h. 51 cm/20 in. A second sculpture by the same artist is attached. P

€1,513
French school of the 20th century, Le Totem, sculpture on wood, h. 51 cm/20 in. A second sculpture by the same artist is attached. Paris, Drouot, December 19, 2014. Wapler Mica auction house

€43,372Aloïse Corbaz, aka Aloïse (1886-1964), Untitled, double-sided work, colored pencils, collage and thread sewn on paper, 89 x 60 cm/3

€43,372
Aloïse Corbaz, aka Aloïse (1886-1964), Untitled, double-sided work, colored pencils, collage and thread sewn on paper, 89 x 60 cm/35 x 23.6 in. Paris, Drouot, March 31, 2012. Christophe Joron Derem auction house. Mr. Vidal


€10,625Fleury Joseph Crépin (1875-1948), Composition no. 208, 1943, oil on canvas, 38.5 x 26.5 cm/15.2 x 10.4 in. Paris, Drouot, June 15,

€10,625
Fleury Joseph Crépin (1875-1948), Composition no. 208, 1943, oil on canvas, 38.5 x 26.5 cm/15.2 x 10.4 in. Paris, Drouot, June 15, 2016. Ader auction house

€9,375"Medium"-style work from the early 20th century. Profil de femme à l'œil noir ou Dans les cols désastreux la folie en montre à la ra

€9,375
"Medium"-style work from the early 20th century. Profil de femme à l'œil noir ou Dans les cols désastreux la folie en montre à la raison (Profile of Woman with the Black Eye or In the Disastrous Collars the Madness Shows in the Reason), pastel, wax pencil and charcoal, possibly signed "Léonie", 1914, 63 x 49 cm/24.8 x 19.3 in. Paris, Drouot, September 23, 2016. De Baecque & Associés auction house. Mr. Voutay

€30,000 Adolf Wölfli (1864-1930), colored pencil drawing signed "1866", 1916/1917, 28.8 x 22 cm/11.3 x 8.6 in. Paris, Drouot, June 16, 201

€30,000 
Adolf Wölfli (1864-1930), colored pencil drawing signed "1866", 1916/1917, 28.8 x 22 cm/11.3 x 8.6 in. Paris, Drouot, June 16, 2011. Auction Art Rémy Le Fur & Associés auction house. Mr. Oterelo









































For the past few years, its market has been growing considerably with dealers and collectors

€154,900Henry Darger (1892-1973), At Angeline Junction and Strangled, gouache, watercolor, carbon, pencil and collage on paper, 48.3 x 61

€154,900
Henry Darger (1892-1973), At Angeline Junction and Strangled, gouache, watercolor, carbon, pencil and collage on paper, 48.3 x 61 cm/19 x 24 in. Paris, Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild, March 28, 2013. Cornette de Saint Cyr auction house

 
€438Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985), L'Art brut préféré aux arts culturels, October 1949, paperback octavo booklet, catalog of the René Drouin g

€438
Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985), L'Art brut préféré aux arts culturels, October 1949, paperback octavo booklet, catalog of the René Drouin gallery by the Compagnie de l'Art Brut. Paris, Drouot, October 24, 2013. Kapandji-Morhange auction house. Mr. Salmon

€4,338Madame Bouttier (1839-1921), Animaux et végétations fantastiques (Fantastic Animals and Vegetation). "Medium"-style compositions, gr

€4,338
Madame Bouttier (1839-1921), Animaux et végétations fantastiques (Fantastic Animals and Vegetation). "Medium"-style compositions, group of six graphite drawings, 24.6 x 32 cm/9.7 x 12.6 in. Lyon, April 6, 2013. De Baecque & Associés auction house. Mr. Voutay

€3,000Scottie Wilson (1888-1972), Symbol of Preparation for the Feast, c. 1950, ink drawing with watercolor, 27.5 x 38 cm/10.8 x 14.9 in.

€3,000
Scottie Wilson (1888-1972), Symbol of Preparation for the Feast, c. 1950, ink drawing with watercolor, 27.5 x 38 cm/10.8 x 14.9 in. Paris, Drouot, 23 February 2011. Binoche & Giquello auction house




















Contemporary artists have recently been inspired by Art Brut, but the market for these outsiders remains independent.

€471,627Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985), Paysage pétrifié (Petrified Landscape), January 1952, New York, 1952, oil on canvas glued to Isorel pan

€471,627
Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985), Paysage pétrifié (Petrified Landscape), January 1952, New York, 1952, oil on canvas glued to Isorel panel, 92 x 122 cm/36.2 x 48 in. Paris, Drouot Montaigne, November 16, 2011. Mathias - Baron Ribeyre & Associés, Farrando auction house. Cabinet Perazzone-Brun

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