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VuittonPierre Vuitton, born 1880 Verdun who died 1962 in Paris, came from a wealthy family of merchants. In World War 1 physically and psychologically wounded, he never found his way back to a controlled life. After several stays in mental hospitals, sanitariums, he moved around 1920 to Paris, where he mostly lived. Probably dependant of morphine and alcohol, he lived in very poor conditions as a casual worker and the rare sale of his pictures. His first works were done during the war years, later he developed real "time-excesses" in which he reportedly spent several days with painting without eating or sleeping. He made the acquaintance of various artists and the Parisian bohemian scene, for example, with Jean Cocteau, Pablo Picasso, Giorgio de Chirico, Rudolf Zehnder, Andreas Walser and Francis Picabia. His increasingly deteriorating mental state made him spend most of his life in mental hospitals or other in homes, sometimes in Switzerland. Many works of Vuitton style strongly reminiscent of images of Louis Soutter, who was also tormented by an inner turmoil. Typical Vuitton expressive painting is the use of newspaper or book pages as painting base. Vuitton is a classic representative of the Art Brut or outsider art as defined by Jean Dubuffet.

Pierre Vuitton