Portrait d'Auguste ForestierPortrait of Auguste Forestier made by Gérard Vuillamy, 1945
lead pen on paper
31,3 x 23,2 cm
@ photo credit
Collection de l'Art Brut, Lausanne
Forestier, Auguste (1887-1958), France
Born in the Lozère region of France, Auguste Forestier was born in a farming family. He was always fascinated by trains and on several occasions absconded via this means of transport. One day in 1914 he caused a train derailment by piling pebbles on the rails. As a result of this incident he was committed, at the age of 27, to a psychiatric hospital where he stayed until he died.
Within the establishment he undertook some maintenance jobs. During his free time he drew with crayons, made medals which he sported proudly and sculpted butcher’s bones which he procured from the institution’s kitchens.
Exhibition(s) at the Art Brut Collection