Benjamin Arneval

1907 - unknown Lozère, France

Benjamin Arneval 
Zonder titel, circa 1947-48 | Untitled approx. 1947-1948
Potlood en kleurpotlood op papier | Lead pencil and colored pencils on paper
21 x 27 cm
Benjamin Arneval Zonder titel, circa 1947-48 | Untitled approx. 1947-1948 Potlood en kleurpotlood op papier | Lead pencil and colored pencils on paper 21 x 27 cm
Benjamin Arneval Benjamin Arneval 
Zonder titel, circa 1947-48 | Untitled approx. 1947-1948
Potlood en kleurpotlood op papier | Lead pencil and colored pencils on paper
21 x 27 cm
Benjamin Arneval Benjamin Arneval Zonder titel, circa 1947-48 | Untitled approx. 1947-1948 Potlood en kleurpotlood op papier | Lead pencil and colored pencils on paper 21 x 27 cm
Benjamin Arneval Benjamin Arneval 
Zonder titel, 1948 | Untitled, 1948
Potlood op papier | Lead pencil on paper
21 x 27 cm
Benjamin Arneval Benjamin Arneval Zonder titel, 1948 | Untitled, 1948 Potlood op papier | Lead pencil on paper 21 x 27 cm

Until his mobilization at the outbreak of WWII, Benjamin Arneval works on the family farm managed by his brother. During the conflict he starts to...

Until his mobilization at the outbreak of WWII, Benjamin Arneval works on the family farm managed by his brother. During the conflict he starts to suffer from hallucinations. On his return in August 1942, he sees his brother as a “ghost” and kills him. He is then interned in the Saint-Alban hospital. In 1948, at the end of a violent outburst of anxiety, he spends two months doing nothing but drawing. Taking inspiration from his past on the farm, he depicts tools, vehicles, machines, and animals. Extremely meticulous, his drawings exhibit a concern for detail that sometimes leads him to represent his subjects from the inside.

Dubuffet and Oury were already in contact when Arneval began his creative activity. The exchange of letters between the collector and the doctor follows the development of Arneval’s work.