July 23, 2009

Louis Tourquetil, Honneur à nos libérateurs/In honor of our liberators

this and the next picture (sept 2008) with friendly permission 
of Marcello14, (Flickr photostream)

This is my 100th post.

I dedicate this one to the memory of Louis Tourquetil (1916-??). who lived in the little community of Sainte Honorine des Perles on the normandic coast of France, very close to Arromanches and the other beaches where in 1944 the invasion took place.

These pictures show a model of a warplane and a (in my view very moving) wooden representation of a soldier coming down with his parachute.

Tourquetil made these creations as a tribute to the troops that landed in 1944 in Normandy to free France, Belgium, Luxemburg and the Netherlands from the German occupation. June 2009 it was a united Europe that could pay tribute to the 65th anniversary of the invasion.

A reader of this blog has commented that Tourquetil was the Tonton Louis (Uncle Louis) of his family, who with his eccentricity endowed his family with moments of laughter and unforgettable crazy acts.

Anex to his house, he had a workshop where he made his creations.

Tourquetil in his workshop
this and the next picture courtesy of Art Insolite Amis

After he had died (some time before 2002) this workshop was left unattended for and it was vandalised, untill eventually in 2002 the whole property was pulled down to be replaced by newly build houses.

Not much has been left of Tourquetil's creations, just a few items could be in private collections. The plane and the soldier pictured in this post, are in the collection of the Musée-jardin de la Luna Rossa in Caen, where they are exposed.

That probably is all that is left from Louis Tourquetil's creative activity. It's a pity.

Louis Tourquetil
Sainte Honorine des Perles
14520 Calvados FR
site demolished
(rescued items in) Musée-jardin de la Luna Rossa, Caen
can be visited on sunday afternoons, apr-oct


  1. Sad and yet - they must be wonderful to happen on in the garden.

  2. That's sad that more of his work wasn't preserved... the ravages of time...

    Thanks very much for you message !

  3. It´s a shame, but once again, Outsider Environments gave a voice to those artist from the past (remember Pierre Dange). Louis Tourquetil still remembered. congratulations for the 100 posts, and may come 1000 more.

  4. Hauntingly beautiful images.

    Congratulation on your 100th post! I enjoy your blog.

  5. Thanks all, for the comments. I hope to go on for some time...there still are environments to be discovered and admired. Let's just see what is going to happen.

  6. bonjour a tous!louis tourquetil était le "tonton louis" pour la famille.par ses excentricitées,il a permit a la famille de partager des moments et des crises de fou rire inoubliables!!! je vous remercie par ce blog de lui rendre hommage ! et a l occasion un coup de cidre ou de calva avec une pensée pour ce représentant méconnu de l art naïf!