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Emile Josome Hodinos - © christian berst — art brut
Date 1853 — 1905
Pays France

Joseph Ernest Ménétrier was born in Paris to baker parents. His father died when the boy was eight; the latter was then placed in a boarding school. In 1869 he entered into an apprenticeship with the engraver of the third republic medals. In addition, for four years he took drawing and modelling courses at an art school. Abruptly, his life turned upside down and he was admitted to the Ville-Evrard asylum, where he would stay until he died.

He changed his identity then and adopted the pseudonym Emile Josome Hodinos. He passed his time at the hospital drawing innumerable plans for medals in graphite and India ink on which he made meticulous comments in handwritten texts signed with his assumed name. As support material he used sheets of the paper used in biscuit-making. Strips of paper served as compasses or dividers to calculate the dimensions of his figurines, essentially female, whose anatomy he exaggerated. He would then encircle them with an outline, obtaining the effect of a medal. He also wrote two books : a politic dictionary and The history of European States between 1453 and 1789.

Nowadays Josome Hodinos is considered as a classic of Art Brut, as he has been discovered by Jean Dubuffet, and his work is currently find in the greatest collections as Collection de l’Art Brut in Lausanne. 

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faune jouant de la flûte (sans titre) - © christian berst — art brut
faune jouant de la flûte (sans titre), 1890
29 x 21 cm
composition (sans titre) - © christian berst — art brut
composition (sans titre), 1890
23 x 17.8 cm
sans titre (service militaire) - © christian berst — art brut
sans titre (service militaire), 1890
30 x 21 cm
sans titre - © christian berst — art brut
sans titre, 1890
8.2 x 5.9 cm
sans titre - © christian berst — art brut
sans titre, 1890
12.1 x 6.5 cm
sans titre - © christian berst — art brut
sans titre, 1890
5.9 x 6.9 cm
drawing now 2019
Carreau du Temple. Du 27 au 30 mars 2019.
do the write thing 2
read between the lines, at the gallery. Du 26 avril au 2 juin 2018.
3rd Biennale de l’Art Brut
Bodies, Lausanne, Suisse . Du 17 novembre 2017 au 29 avril 2018.
La folie en tête
aux racines de l’art brut, Maison Victor Hugo, Paris. Du 16 novembre 2017 au 18 mars 2018.
Art brut
ABCD Collection / Bruno Decharme, la Maison rouge, Paris. Du 17 octobre 2014 au 18 janvier 2015.
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glossolalia: languages of drawing
MoMA, New York. Du 26 mars 2008 au 7 juillet 2007.
Ecriture en délire
Collection de l'art brut Lausanne. Du 12 février au 26 septembre 2004.
Stand christian berst art brut, *Drawing Now Art Fair*, le Carreau du Temple, Paris, 2019. - © christian berst art brut, christian berst — art brut
collection de l’Art brut
abcd collection
Emile Josome Hodinos

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