Jean Pous was born into a farming family of ten children. He was often sick and could only attend elementary school for two years. At the age of twelve, he became an apprentice in a cork factory. At the age of twenty, he and his brothers started their own business. He got married and had two children. He spent the rest of his life working in the factory. At the age of eighty-seven, after retiring, he became interested in sculpture. Similarly to the postman Ferdinand Cheval, Pous collected stones of all sorts during his walks : flint, granite or slate. He sculpted figures, animals (dogs, elephants, fish, goats) and flowers. When he became too weak to sculpt, he began drawing with ballpoint pen and colored pencils on pieces of cardboard or paper, whatever he could get his hands on. His production consists of approximately one thousand five hundred drawings.
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Publications de la Collection de l’Art Brut, fascicule 20. Text by Claude Massé. Lausanne 1997.