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Louis Soutter

Swiss, 1871–1942

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Louis Soutter

Swiss, 1871–1942

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Louis Soutter is best known for his thickly worked fingerpaintings of illusory and arcane figures. Now recognized as an early forger of the Art Brut movement, Soutter was largely unappreciated during his lifetime, creating his most esteemed works while spending the final years of his life in a mental institution. His expressive and bold figures—most typically in the form of black silhouettes—are simply rendered but convey an anguish and primal intensity. Largely cut off from his artistic contemporaries, Soutter’s work is distinctively modernist: pure expressions of emotions, dreams, and human experience.

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Biography

Louis Soutter is best known for his thickly worked fingerpaintings of illusory and arcane figures. Now recognized as an early forger of the Art Brut movement, Soutter was largely unappreciated during his lifetime, creating his most esteemed works while spending the final years of his life in a mental institution. His expressive and bold figures—most typically in the form of black silhouettes—are simply rendered but convey an anguish and primal intensity. Largely cut off from his artistic contemporaries, Soutter’s work is distinctively modernist: pure expressions of emotions, dreams, and human experience.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum
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