Thursday, May 19, 2011

Augustin Lesage

 Composition symbolique, oil and graphite on canvas, 1928
 Composition symbolique, oil on canvas
oil on canvas (date and title unknown)
 (date and title unknown)
Diligently working in his studio (date unknown)
I just found out about this French outsider artist, Augustin Lesage (Saint-Pierre-Lez-Auche, 1876 - Burbure, 1954) and I'm wondering why I didn't already know his name. He was a coal miner who believed that spirits were guiding his hand and would come home from the mines every evening to work on his paintings. I think these works are amazing because he was way ahead of his time. Google him, his paintings are amazing and he was a really fascinating guy too.

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