Sans titreRatier, Emile
sculpture of wood and various materials
height 155 cm
© photo credit
Collection de l’Art Brut, Lausanne
Ratier, Emile (1894-1984), France
Emile Ratier was born into a farming family established in Soturac, in the region of western France. A farmer, the young man left the farm to go to the front in 1914. Returning from war to the family farm, he became a timber merchant, then a clog-seller. From 1960 onwards, Emile Ratier underwent a period of depression as his eyesight dimmed progressively until he became totally blind.
From the time his vision weakened he started to work with wood, more particularly elm, with which he made mobile sculptures animated by cranks and other resonant mechanisms. The noises, the grating and grinding, allowed him to verify the finish of the object as well as its mobility. His works essentially represent carts, merry-go-rounds and animals, but also the Eiffel Tower, as well as all sorts of strange vehicles.