France (1910 - 1964)
Born in 1919 in rural Avallon, Chaissac supported himself with a variety of trade jobs, working ironmonger, a cobbler, and a brushmaker. He began to make art in his mid-twenties, a passion that was interrupted by World War II and poor health. He suffered from tuberculosis, and for a time, produced art while convalescing in a sanitorium. Chaissac married a schoolteacher and settled in the town of Vendee, where he was able to devote significant time to writing and making art. After the war, his poetry and prose appeared in French journals dedicated to proletarian writing.
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