Don't miss the "GÉRARD LATTIER" exhibition, from January 5 to April 30, 2022 at the Musée d'Art Brut in Montpellier.
►Gérard Lattier was born in Nîmes in 1937, in the Gard, in the south of France. In 1944, her father died in an Allied bombardment and her mother found herself practically destitute.
After graduating from the Technical College, he was employed by the City of Nîmes for cleaning work. At the age of twenty, he refused to participate in the Algerian War and was sentenced to prison.
This is where he begins to paint. His pictorial universe bears witness to this period of hallucinatory cruelty and figures "monstrous monsters", skeletons, emaciated and tortured bodies ... In 1965, he suffered a depression, due to almost complete temporary blindness.
That same year, he met Annie; they get married and have a son the following year. Gérard Lattier recovers his sight and resumes painting. He abandoned oil paints, India ink and etching for gouache. It gradually adopts other themes and introduces a more important narrative dimension. He then inserts texts, often humorous, then increasingly long on the stories he invents or illustrates, in patois and in French. He also makes ex-votos addressed to different saints and for various circumstances, sometimes responding to orders.
Gérard Lattier began to use wooden panels covered with reinforced canvas, to which he added other panels as needed. He became a public storyteller and custodian of popular beliefs, legends and miscellaneous facts from Ardèche and elsewhere. Employed at the town hall of Nîmes as a painter, he received several public commissions during the 1980s and 1990s, such as the one on the history of the beast of Gévaudan.
After numerous exhibitions (United States, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, etc.) which have consecrated him, Gérard Lattier does not stop! He continues to paint with relentlessness and passion. His latest works (2021) pay tribute to the singer Georges Brassens whom he admires. Today, he lives and works in the scrubland in the heights of Nîmes, at Mazet de Poulx.