Tuesday, June 02, 2009

André Gill






In 1880 André Gill was committed to the Charenton mental asylum. He managed to recover in a few months and in 1882 submitted his first serious painting, "Le Fou" (The Madman) to the Salon. The painting's poor reception by the artists of the Salon sent him back to Charenton. André Gill never recovered his sanity, and after a few months Charenton seized his property and drawings, auctioning them off to pay their bills. André Gill died on May 1, 1885. Link…

2 comments:

nursemyra said...

that's sad

tellurian said...

Yes, it's sounds horrible. I couldn't find out what sort of mental illness he had but this article on the Incohérents mentions 'vegetating through various states of insanity' and 'dying in a state of constant paralysis'. Another source has 'Three days later he was picked up on a country road, thrown across a heap of stones; his eyes were staring with fright, his mouth open, his countenance was vacant. He was mad, mad again…'