Art Autre

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A term coined by the French critic Michel Tapié (1909–87) in his book Un art autre (1952) to describe a type of art that he regarded as reflecting the turbulent mood in France in the post-war period—an art that worked through ‘paroxysm, magic, total ecstasy’. The term is a vague one and is sometimes used synonymously with Art Informel (also coined by Tapié). However, Art Autre can be seen as a broader term, for it embraces figurative art (for example that of Dubuffet) as well as abstract art. In using the phrase ‘art autre’ (other art) Tapié claimed that post-war art showed a complete break with the past. In addition to Dubuffet, he cited Mathieu, Matta, and Wols as leading representatives of Art Autre.

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