RAPHAËL LONNÉ
(1910-1989 | FRANCE)

Raphaël Lonné was born in the Landes region of France. He worked as a postman in his village, Montfort-en-Chalosse. From 1937 he was employed in Bordeaux, first as a cashier on the trams, then as a concierge, driver and hospital worker. Subsequently he again found employment as a postman in a small town in his native region. 
His first drawings were executed during spiritualist experiments in which he participated around 1950. Convinced that he was blessed with supernatural powers as a mediumistic drawer, Raphaël Lonné devoted all his free time to this activity. He had the sensation that his hand was guided by spirits and that he was not himself the author of his works. His drawings depict human silhouettes or faces, animals and landscapes, rendered in a disciplined and microscopic style. Raphaël Lonné worked in a state of trance, using graphite, ballpoint pens, oil paints, water, Indian ink and felt-tips.

RAPHAËL LONNÉ
(1910-1989 | FRANCIA)

Raphaël Lonné, originario di Landes, Francia, incominciò a lavorare come postino nel villaggio di Montfort-en-Chalosse. Dal 1937 lavorò a Bordeaux come  bigliettaio del tram, poi come portinaio, autista e infermiere. Successivamente trovò impiego come postino in una piccola cittadina nella sua regione d’origine.
I suoi primi lavori vennero creati durante alcune sedute spiritiche, alle quali partecipò intorno al 1950. Convinto di possedere poteri soprannaturali, si impersonò medium e dedicò il suo tempo libero in tale attività. Aveva la sensazione che la sua mano fosse guidata dagli spiriti e che lui non fosse il vero fautore delle opere. I suoi disegni raffigurano silhouettes umane e volti, animali e paesaggi, dettagliati e raffigurati anche nei più piccoli particolari. Raphaël Lonné lavorava in stati di trance, usando grafite, penne a sfera, colori a olio, acqua, inchiostro indiano e pennarelli.

Untitled, 1963 ink and coloured pencil on paper © Collection de l’Art Brut, Lausanne
Untitled © Collection ABCD, Montreuil
Untitled © Collection ABCD, Montreuil

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