Xavier Parguey Untitled, 1943–49 Wood carving 10.5 × 3 × 12.5 cm © photo credit Collection de l’Art Brut, Lausanne
Parguey, Xavier , (1876-1948), France
BiographyBorn into a family of winegrowers, Xavier Parguey inherits land and properties in the Doubs, his native region, but his resources are much reduced after WWI, in which he takes part, being interned in a German camp. On his return, he becomes a tramp in his native village. Earning a modest living poaching and making grape carriers, he is then given the nickname Zouzou. From around 1920, he uses a billhook to carve little wooden tools — cabbage dibbles, mallets, etc.— whose function disappears beneath their figurative exuberance.
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