Auguste Forestier

1887-1958 (France)

Auguste Forestier began his playful practice after being sectioned at the Saint-Alban Hospital for accidentally derailing a passenger train. There, his modest drawings developed into ambitious three dimensional constructs. Using discarded materials, he carved furniture and toys for friends and visitors. Word spread; and soon his soldiers, medallions, mythic bestiary and mighty naval vessels were sought after by the Parisian art elite, including one Pablo Picasso.