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A mediumistic artist, Raphael Lonné only started to draw in 1950, during a spiritualism session. Discovered by Jean Dubuffet a decade later, he is now considered a classic of this very particular category of art brut: spiritual artists. Raphael Lonné has experimented with various techniques, from graphite to ink to watercolor. He mainly draws small formats on paper. Present in many collections, such as those of the American Folk Art Museum (USA) or the LaM (France), he was part of the travelling exhibition Inner Worlds Outside in 2006, alongside Miro, Kandinsky, and Picabia.

portrait de raphaël lonné - © christian berst — art brut
Date 1910 — 1989
Pays France

Nothing about his childhood suggested that Raphaël Lonné would be destined to draw. Born in the Landes region of France in 1910 to a family of sharecroppers, he stopped school at the age of 8 to work the land. Later on, he was successively a tramway conductor, a concierge-chauffeur, a handyman at the children’s hospital and then, after the war, a postman. Though he always showed an interest in music, he never dreamt of being a sketch artist.

It was only in 1950, during an improvised spiritualist meeting at the house of some friends, that he produced his first work: with only a pencil and a piece of paper for the purpose of receiving any messages that might arrive from beyond, “[he] suddenly left, like thunder, to scribble.” No other session took place, but Lonné, alone, continued to draw at night, concentrating to enter into contact with the spirits who guided “the movement of [his] hand.” These impressive, spontaneous creations, covered in curves and delicate arabesques, a lightness bordering on joy, reveal some forms, women, animals, dog heads, birds… even if Lonné himself couldn’t really put a name to the whims of his pencil.

Discovered by Jean Dubuffet in 1963, and well-established in this family of artists dear to art brut enthusiasts, the spiritualists, Lonné has always refused to sell his works, vowing to not profit from them. Today, these productions, now art brut classics, are being amply shown. 

Œuvres
Pour découvrir les œuvres disponibles, merci de nous contacter.
sans titre - © christian berst — art brut
sans titre, 1950
31.3 x 24.2 cm
sans titre - © christian berst — art brut
sans titre, 1953
21.7 x 17.2 cm
sans titre - © christian berst — art brut
sans titre, 1975
26.5 x 20 cm
sans titre - © christian berst — art brut
sans titre, 1967
25 x 19 cm
sans titre - © christian berst — art brut
sans titre, 1976
31.7 x 23.7 cm
sans titre - © christian berst — art brut
sans titre, 1964
32 x 24.5 cm
sans titre - © christian berst — art brut
sans titre, 1971
14 x 10 cm
sans titre - © christian berst — art brut
sans titre, 1969
20.5 x 11.6 cm
sans titre - © christian berst — art brut
sans titre, 1969
58.2 x 48 cm
Catalogue
In abstracto
Catalogue publié à l'occasion de l'exposition *In abstracto*, christian berst art brut, Paris, 2017 - © christian berst — art brut

Préface : Raphaël Koenig
Avant-propos : Christian Berst.
Publié à l’occasion de l’exposition In abstracto, du 8 juin au 15 juillet 2017.

Expositions
Floral Fantasies
Between Symbolism and Outsider Art, Wilhelm-Hack-Museum. Du 31 mars au 4 août 2019.
drawing now 2019
Carreau du Temple. Du 27 au 30 mars 2019.
beyond
on the edge of the visible and the invisible, at the gallery. Du 7 mars au 13 avril 2019.
in abstracto
at the gallery. Du 8 juin au 15 juillet 2017.
Art Brut
A Story of Individual Mythologies , Treger Saint Silvestre Collection, Portugal . Du 1 janvier au 26 février 2017.
Voir plus
The Museum Of Everything
Kunsthal, Rotterdam. Du 5 mars au 22 mai 2016.
Architectures
Collection de l'Art Brut, Lausanne. Du 13 novembre 2015 au 17 avril 2016.
PreTENse
at the Gallery. Du 12 septembre au 10 octobre 2015.
Art brut
ABCD Collection / Bruno Decharme, la Maison rouge, Paris. Du 17 octobre 2014 au 18 janvier 2015.
Art brut: breaking the boundaries
curator Christian Berst, Oliva Creative Factory, Sao Joao da Madeira, Portugal. Du 1 juin au 11 septembre 2014.
on the horizon
at the gallery. Du 28 janvier au 1 mars 2014.
Amicalement brut
Collection Eternod & Mermod, Musée d'Art Contemporain et d'Art Brut, Lille. Du 9 avril au 28 août 2011.
Inner Worlds Outside
Fundacion La Caixa, Madrid ; Whitechapel gallery, London ; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin. Du 18 janvier au 30 décembre 2006.
Art Spirite, Mediumnique, Visionnaire
Messages D’Outre-Monde, La Halle Saint Pierre, Paris. Du 13 septembre 1999 au 27 février 2000.
vue de l'exposition *au delà : aux confins du visible et de l'invisible*, christian berst art brut, paris, 2019. - © christian berst art brut, photo: elena groud, christian berst — art brut
Collections
LaM, musée d'art moderne, d'art contemporain et d'art brut de Lille Métropole
France
collection de l’Art brut
Switzerland
American Folk Art Museum
United States
abcd collection
France
Treger Saint Silvestre collection
Portugal
Voir plus
The Musgrave Kinley Outsider Art Collection
Saint Pierre and Miquelon
Raphaël Lonné

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