martes, 15 de julio de 2008

Ou le songe devient la realite
FERDINAND CHEVAL was an ill-educated French postman who spent 33 years of his life building an “ideal palace”. He once tripped on a stone and got inspired by his shape. Since then, during his daily postal round, he would collect stones to build his Palais idéal. Cheval bound the stones together with lime, mortar and cement.

The postman wanted to be buried in his palace, a mausoleum he single-handedly built for himself in the cemetery of Hauterives (Châteauneuf-de-Galaure). Cheval died in 1924, a year after he had finished it, and is buried there. This magnificent temple is now classified as an historical monument in France. Cheval is held as one of the maximum representatives of the Outsider Art. Not bad for someone the locals liked to classify as the village idiot!

Outsider Art links:

- Intuit(Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art)

- Rawvision (Magazine on Outsider Art, Art Brut and Contemporary Folk Art)

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