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At the Maison rouge until 18th Septembre 2016
Eugen Gabritschevsky was born in Moscow in 1893. He started out on a promising career path as a geneticist, however, in 1917 he started to display first signs of suffering from psychiatric disorders. In 1929 he was committed to a psychiatric hospital near Munich where he was diagnosed to be schizophrenic. He lived there until his death in 1979.
It was Jean Dubuffet, fervent advocate of the art brut (outsider art), who first noticed his work and encouraged his artistic practice. Now on display for the first time in Paris at the Maison rouge, the universe of Eugen Gabritschevsky is populated with captivating landscapes and fantastic creatures. The gouaches and watercolours with delicate but contrasted tones set the scenes for small imaginary theatres created by a moving and unconventional artist.
A great discovery!