“Les Francs-Tireurs de l’Art”: Bruts, Naïfs, Singuliers and other Outsiders

“Les Francs-Tireurs de l’Art”:

Bruts, Naïfs, Singuliers and other Outsiders


On April 10, the Modern Art department, in collaboration with Bruno Montpied, will be holding a sale dedicated to the “Francs-Tireurs de l’art”.


Who are they? Who do they bring together?

The field of art has expanded since the dawn of the twentieth century: many self-taught artists of all kinds, outside the Beaux-Arts, have seduced modern artists and poets, then art dealers and collectors. From the Naïve Art of the 1930s to Jean Dubuffet’s Art Brut, launched in the aftermath of the Second World War, there has been a surge of creators ranging from the cultivated to the inspired vagabond.

Art Singulier, Outsider Art and Neuve Invention are the terms used to describe this tribe of creators who often resist any form of classification, and most of whom will be on sale at Tajan on April 10. A word to the curious!


From February 28 to March 8, 2024

Organised around the Outsider Art Fair, to be held in New York from February 29 to March 3, TAJAN will be presenting a selection of the sale’s highlights on April 10.


February 27, 2024

Conference led by Bruno Montpied.
Espace Tajan.

Bruno Montpied is an Art Brut specialist and essayist who regularly shares his research in articles for specialist magazines such as Création Franche, Artension, and on his blog Le Poignard subtil. He is at the origin of the attribution of the Barbüs Muller to Antoine Rabany, and co-author of the catalog Les Barbüs Muller published by the Musée Barbier-Müller in Geneva. He also authenticated a series of three new Barbüs Müller for Tajan in October 2023.

On February 27 and for the occasion of the opening of the “Highlights” exhibition of the auction Les Francs-Tireurs de l’Art, Bruno Montpied will do us the honor of giving a lecture on these outsiders, revisiting the origins of Art Brut and its various expressions in the 20th century.

Booking at [email protected]


April 10, 2024

Les Francs-Tireurs de l’Art: bruts, naïfs, singuliers and other outsiders Auction.
Tajan, 37 rue des Mathurins, 75008 Paris.



Take part in this event by selling with us


Our specialists are at your disposal to include all or part of your collection.

Artists sought:
Adolf Wölfli, Jean Rustin, Michel Macréau, Aristide Caillaud, Jean Dubuffet, Gaston Chaissac, Henry Darger, William Edmondson, Judith Scott, Augustin Lesage, Louis Soutter, Martin Ramirez, Aloïse Corbaz, Carlo Zinelli, Scottie Wilson, Fleury Joseph Crépin…

But also naïve artists like André Bauchant, Camille Bombois, Jean Ève, Séraphine de Senlis, Augustin Lesage, Adolf Wölfli, La Douanier Rousseau, Anselme Boix-Vives, Grandma Moses…




A Selection of Results




Augustin Lesage (1876-1954)
Oil on canvas
Signed lower right
146.5 x 95.5 cm

Sold for €85,000




Séraphine de Senlis (1864-1942)
Tree of Jesse, 1927 – 1928
Oil, ripolin and mixed technique on cardboard
Signed lower right
66 x 51 cm

Sold for € 111,520




Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985)
Untitled (Woman sitting in an armchair), 1944
Gouache and Indian ink on paper
Signed and dedicated ‘à Albert Corduant’ lower right
Dated ‘1944’ lower left
26 x 19.2 cm

Sold for €187,500




Henri Rousseau (1844-1910), known as Le Douanier Rousseau
Alley near the lake
Oil on canvas
Signed lower right
38 x 55 cm

Sold for €110,000






Eva Palazuelos
Head of Department
[email protected] – +33 1 53 30 30 48

Loren Richard
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Bruno Montpied


Ariane de Miramon
Marketing Director
Press & Communication
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