Grotte, between 1954 et 1956
crushed eggshell and shellac on Isorel (hardboard)
60 x 72 cm
© photo credit
Collection de l’Art Brut, Lausanne
Palanc, Francis (1928), France
Francis Palanc was born in Vence, France, where his parents were pastry-cooks. At the age of 16, after finishing school, he joined the family business and was initiated into the trade. At around 19, Francis Palanc invented a system of alphabets made up of angular graphics on the basis of which he attempted to obtain revelations about the origin and the essence of things.
He also created paintings made according to cake-making techniques: he worked with a sieve, piping bag and rolling pin. The ingredients used were lac, then gum arabic, mixed with crushed eggshells, dried egg white, boiled sugar, caramel, and sometimes sawdust.