Women of power and romance are at the center of the visual universe of Alois Corbaz. Representations of women, imperious, luxurious, sensual and sexual, dominate the world she represents, define the visual field of her drawings and draw the viewer's attention.
Her art celebrates feminine power running through history and the Western cultural imagination.
The atmosphere in them is both intensely romantic and explicitly theatrical; the figures alternately drawn from opera, theater and historical romances: fictitious, real or ecstatic projected by Corbaz's passionate and overexcited imagination.
Source: Official site of the Association "Aloïse Corbaz"
Born into a middle-class family, Aloïse received a traditional education, including drawing and singing lessons that stimulated her fervent desire to become an opera singer.
After working as a governess in the entourage of the Kaiser Wilhelm II, for whom he developed an intense and imaginary attachment, returned to Lausanne at the beginning of the World War I and soon showed signs of mental breakdown.
In 1918 she was diagnosed with schizophrenia and committed to the asylum for the rest of her life. La Rosiere in Gimel, where she began making art and eventually became known simply as Aloïse.
Fortunately, his art was recognized by the Dr Hans Steck and preserved by Steck's student, Jacqueline Porret-Forel. Madame Porret-Forel He presented to Jean Dubuffet the artist and her work, which he saw as an example of gross art Although Corbaz said little to Dubuffet, he speculated that she was not crazy; rather, she found a space within her “madness of her” to establish a persona in which she could create her remarkable visual universe independent of the cultural world.
By this time, Aloïse drew mainly with crayon and pencil, although she infused his works stains of crushed flower petals or sometimes mixed with toothpaste.
He primarily worked with found paper, preferring reclaimed wrapping paper as well as cardboard.
Images of women and their hopeful admirers or lovers proliferate in his work, often with multiple scenes of passion within each work. But often the individual drawings could not contain her intimate passion and her epic vision.
Aloïse would therefore employ both sides of the paper, collage found images from magazines, and stitch together multiple pages into works, some several meters wide or tall, within which scenes succeeded scenes to suggest extended operatic narratives that created a kingdom of love. both hyperbolic and histrionic.
Given all these details is that your creative activity could be considered an attempt to reconstitute his identity, something he accomplished on a mythical level through his artistic work.
His creations, inspired by operas, are set on a stage at the Teatro del Universo.
She was also familiar with the masterpieces of classical painting and recreated them in her own colorful and imaginative style.
Currently his most important works are in the Collection of l'Art Brut en Lausanne, in the Kunstmuseum Solothurn, Switzerlandas well as in the Collection of Christine and Jean-David Mermod, Lausanne, Switzerland, Philippe Eternod Collection, and the Cabcd collection/Bruno Decharme, France.
He developed a fantasy world in these, often favoring the vertical direction of the support, and created a personal cosmogony filled princely and political figuresAs Napoleon Bonaparte, for example, and blue-eyed historical heroines, such as Marie Antoinette and Queen Elizabeth.