Gaston Chaissac

1910-1964 (France)

Gaston Chaissac was a farmer, handyman and artist who spent much of his life in rural France. His writing attracted the attention of Jean Paulhan and Raymond Queneau and he went on to produce a substantial body of visual material, including drawings, paintings and sculptures. Chaissac saw himself as a modern folk artist and this led to a gradual rift with Dubuffet, who considered the work too informed simply to be defined as art brut.