Art: Landscapes of the Mind

Jean Dubuffet was never a lover of "false" classical art, and there were times when he was not sure he wanted to be an artist. After a few months of formal training in Paris, he decided that he had "nothing to learn in schools." He became a clerk, then a wine merchant, and for a while he was happy. "I was gaining a foothold. To complicate things, I needed a wife, furniture, a maid, a brother-in-law, a car, kids . . . [Then] catastrophe, it took hold of me again. I rented a little atelier on Boulevard Saint-Michel, I locked myself...

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