Aloïse Corbaz

Despite her dreams of becoming a singer, Aloise moves to Germany in 1911 to teach and eventually becomes a governess for the Chaplain of William II. Before long, she develops an unrequited infatuation for the Emperor, driving her to psychological instability just two years later (age 27). By 1918, she is hospitalized where she is diagnosed with schizophrenia and spends the first few years acting out in violent spits and secluding herself in isolation. Although it is believed that she began practicing her artistic expression in 1920, the exact year is uncertain as much of her early work was destroyed. It wasn’t until 1936 that the director of the hospital and her general practitioner even began noticing her work. Eleven years later, Jean Dubuffet recognized her as an outsider artist—she has been well acclaimed and celebrated ever since.




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