Eugénie Nogarède, untitled, 1930, grey pencil on paper, 21,8 x 16 cm, photo : Atelier de numérisation – Ville de Lausanne, Collection de l’Art Brut, Lausanne
Nogarède, Eugénie ,
For almost twenty-five years, Eugénie Nogarède wrote outsize calligraphic letters, decorated with collages, and in some cases almost three metres long. In a radically personal style, she deformed classical syntax while inventing neologisms and richly poetic expressions of her own.
Three hundred and sixty-five letters, mainly addressed to her doctors, her husband, a priest in Nyon, where she lived for several years, and various public figures, have now been catalogued. Eugénie Nogarède wrote them all in the psychiatric hospital in Cery, Switzerland, where she was committed between 1927 and 1951.