Aloïse Corbaz

After obtaining her school-leaving certificate, Aloise becomes a governess at the court of Wilhelm II in Prussia, where she ends up besotted with the emperor, acting out an entirely imaginary love affair. The outbreak of WWI forces her to return to Switzerland. At the time, Aloïse began acting rebelliously and displaying exalted religious feelings, causing her to be committed to an institution. She was first interned at the Lausanne University Psychiatric Hospital of Cery (from 1918 to 1920), and then transferred to the La Rosière Psychiatric Hospital, where she would remain until her death.

Up until 1936, she works in secret, using lead pencil and ink on any surface she can find. She also employs fluids from pressed petals, crushed leaves, and toothpaste. The theme of the couple in love, and her passion for the theater and the opera predominate in her oeuvre.

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