Urasco, Berthe

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Berthe Urasco A mon cher Docteur…, between 1937 and 1944 coloured pencil on paper 21 x 29,5 cm © photo credit Collection de l’Art Brut, Lausanne


Urasco, Berthe ,

(1898 – ?), Switzerland


Berthe Urasco (1898–?) was born in Geneva, Switzerland. She studied piano and singing when she was young, but stopped practising these artistic activities when she was about thirty. She began feeling suspicious of the people around her and claimed to hear voices. Nine years later, signs of mental disorder required her internment in the Bel-Air asylum, in Geneva, where she would remain for seven years.
While she was in hospital, Urasco produced drawings in black pencil, with areas of bright colour. She drew with a sure, deft hand, working quickly without preliminary sketches or retouching. She mainly drew people in rural settings, surrounded by houses, trees, and paths. Her drawings seem to express forceful movement even in buildings with curved facades. The feeling of easy execution contrasts with the strangeness that emanates from the whole.


Exhibition(s) at the Art Brut Collection