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Reviews Art

Liking it raw

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 22 June 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1517
  1. Sabina Dosani, consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist (
  1. Maudsley Hospital, London

    At first I thought, “How patronising to hang a bit of scribble by a psychiatric patient and call it art.” Then I realised I was looking at a work by Jean Dubuffet, an “insider” who collected and championed Art Brut and had a fascination with children's drawings. According to the Whitechapel Gallery, his work is a parody of modern urban existence, reminiscent of prehistoric cave drawings.

    Art Brut (raw art), or outsider art, refers to art created by psychiatric patients, criminals, self styled visionaries, mediums, and others on the fringes of society. It is potentially a …

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