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As the patriarch of the “Art Brut” movement in postwar France, Jean Dubuffet fought to free art from institutionalization. Dubuffet is an extensive collection of his paintings, sculptures, and drawings, replete with illustrations and the writings of Andreas Franzke. The text connects Dubuffet’s work with his extraction of certain principles from The Artistry of the Mentally Ill (1922), such as tapping into the subconscious, working with raw forms, and encouraging the suspension of judgment. These tenets parallel Surrealism, but Dubuffet’s interpretation of their significance was imbued with new meaning after World War II and the onslaught of capitalist expansion. This first edition also features a dust jacket designed by Dubuffet himself.