art brut

noun

ˈär(t)-ˈbrut How to pronounce art brut (audio)
-ˈbrᵫt
: outsider art
… a broad range of graphic style from art brut to bathroom graffiti …Publishers Weekly, 3 Sept. 2001
… this odd Southern girl has been releasing dreamily primitive electric folk-blues records for more than ten years now—wobbly art brut affairs held together with hair and saliva …Spin, February 2006

Word History

Etymology

borrowed from French, literally, "raw [crude, unprocessed] art"

First Known Use

1949, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of art brut was in 1949

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“Art brut.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/art%20brut. Accessed 17 May. 2024.

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