LOUIS SOUTTER

Louis Soutter

1871 Morges/Switzerland – 1942 Ballaigues/Switzerland

The Swiss artist Louis Soutter (cousin of the architect Le Corbusier) defies easy classification, but his work is often regarded as belonging to Art Brut. After trying engineering in Lausanne, architecture in Geneva and music in Brussels, he returned to Switzerland in 1894 and took drawing and painting classes. After a spell in Paris he moved to Colorado, USA and taught at the newly founded Colorado College.

In 1903 he returned to Switzerland. In 1923, against his will he was placed in a mental institution upon the request of his family. As a response he drew and painted and developed his own unique style. In 1937 he began using figure painting. In 1942 he died alone in the institution. His oeuvre was first discovered after his death. His work can today be found in collections such as the Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts in Lausanne or in the Foundation Le Corbusier in Paris.

Selected works

Reinhard Pods, Ohne Titel (will), 1981, Oil on canvas, 200 x 220.3 cm

Louis Soutter
Untitled (danse, cinq personnages?)

verso: sketchy representation of a person

around 1936/1937
oil on cardboard
32.3 x 49.8 cm

Reinhard Pods, Ohne Titel (will), 1981, Oil on canvas, 200 x 220.3 cm

Louis Soutter
Le puits/Grande noblesse (verso)

1937-42
oil and black ink on paper
64.8 x 50 cm / 50 x 64.8 cm

Reinhard Pods, Ohne Titel (will), 1981, Oil on canvas, 200 x 220.3 cm

Louis Soutter
Citron, feuille et motifs décoratifs

n.d
gouache, watercolor and ink on paper
25.5 x 20.5 cm