Jean Mar

1831 - 1911 Genève, Switserland

Jean Mar. 
Zonder titel | Untitled
Potlood op papier | Lead pencil on paper
24 x 13 cm
Jean Mar. Zonder titel | Untitled Potlood op papier | Lead pencil on paper 24 x 13 cm
Jean Mar, Outsider Art Museum Jean Mar. 
Zonder titel | Untitled
Potlood op papier | Lead pencil on paper
24 x 13 cm
Jean Mar, Outsider Art Museum Jean Mar. Zonder titel | Untitled Potlood op papier | Lead pencil on paper 24 x 13 cm
Jean Mar, Outsider Art Museum Jean Mar. 
Wandeling van de koning en koningin, circa 1908 | Walk of the king and queen, approx. 1908
Kleurpotlood op papier | Colored pencil on paper
24.6 x 24.7 cm
Jean Mar, Outsider Art Museum Jean Mar. Wandeling van de koning en koningin, circa 1908 | Walk of the king and queen, approx. 1908 Kleurpotlood op papier | Colored pencil on paper 24.6 x 24.7 cm

Jean Mar. was interned at the Vernets asylum from 1868 to 1900, before being transferred to the Bel-Air psychiatric hospital. During his internment, he withdraws...

Jean Mar. was interned at the Vernets asylum from 1868 to 1900, before being transferred to the Bel-Air psychiatric hospital. During his internment, he withdraws into a totally hermetic state, avoiding all contact with his entourage. Mumbling to himself, he spends all day writing, drawing, and making little objects composed of pieces of wire and leaves that he sticks together with chewed breadcrumbs.

Although there are only 7 works of Jean Mar. in the collection, his work was greatly admired by Jean Dubuffet. “Promenade du roi et de la reine”, one of his drawings, is featured on the first page of the exhibition catalogue from 1949.