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Anselme Boix Vives - © christian berst — art brut
Date 1899 — 1969
Country Spain

From his youth as a Catalan shepherd, Anselme Boix-Vives has kept the flamboyant memory of nature. He moved to France at the age of 18 and worked in various jobs before opening a fruit and vegetable shop in Moûtiers in 1926.
His sometimes eccentric behaviour provoked mockery from his neighbours. In the mid-1950s, he began a utopian project that he would carry on his whole life, a “world peace plan” to save the planet, addressed to General de Gaulle, the Queen of England and the Pope, who would never respond to him.

In 1962, on the death of his wife, he stopped his business and devoted himself to painting. During seven years, he produced more than 2,000 works all in colour, flamboyant, where kings, queens, janitors, film stars, etc., evolve in a jungle with rough lines. All of them have in common a look of a rare expressiveness, disturbing, which calls out to us with insistence, which forbids us indifference and silence. Then, their smile, so singular, almost grinning, which lets the teeth appear, freezes us and amazes us in front of the suggestive force of this work.

This fascinating and frenetic creation, which aroused the admiration of André Breton - in 1963 he chose one of these paintings for the cover of the magazine La Brèche, Action surréaliste - like that of Jean Dubuffet, appears in many art brut collections and has given rise to several monographs.

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untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 1967
14.17 x 26.38 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 1965
14.57 x 18.5 in
the flower princess - © christian berst — art brut
the flower princess, 1964
28.74 x 36.22 in
Beyond the boundaries discoveries and new acquisitions 2010
Beyond the boundaries 2010 - © christian berst — art brut

Foreword : Christian Berst
Catalog published to mark the exhibition Beyond the boundaries : discoveries and new acquisitions 2010, from september 16th to october 16th, 2010.
Co published with les éditions Le livre d’art, 2010.

Anselme Boix-vives
Musée d'art brut de Montpellier. From May 1 to August 31, 2023.
Art brut
ABCD Collection / Bruno Decharme, la Maison rouge, Paris. From October 17, 2014 to January 18, 2015.
beyond the boundaries season 2010
discoveries and recent acquisitions, at the gallery. From September 16 to October 16, 2010.
Press review
Anselme Boix-Vives au Musée d’art brut de Montpellier : un grand nom singulier, et une oeuvre sans pareil
Jérémy Bernède, Midi Libre. June 20, 2023.
Au fil du faire avec Michel Nedjar et cie
Vincent Delaury, Le Journal Des Arts. November 23, 2021.
LaM, musée d’art moderne, d’art contemporain et d’art brut de Lille Métropole
Musée national d’art moderne (Pompidou)
collection de l’Art brut
Carmen and Daniel Klein collection
Antoine Frérot collection
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abcd / Bruno Decharme collection
Antoine de Galbert collection
Arnulf Rainer collection
Intuit, The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art
United States
Charlotte Zander Museum
Anselme Boix Vives

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