About this website

This website OEE texts presents articles and other informative texts about outsider art environments in Europe. My weblog Outsider Environments Europe has an inventory and a documentation of these sites, mainly short, descriptive articles, because it's not a good idea to post long texts on a weblog. 

So this website has a collection of interesting, and occasionaly somewhat long texts about these art environments, republished in agreement with the author and, if necessary, translated into english.  

Environments in general

Art Brut 2012: emulation or proliferation?
       * text by CrAB, Collectif de réflexion sur l'Art Brut (2012) 

       * introduction for the General Assembly 2013 of the European Outsider Art Association

       * conclusions of the very first meeting (Heidelberg, May 24, 2013) of this group founded by the European Outider Art                   Association

        * abstract of doctoral dissertation Patrimoines irréguliers en France et en Italie. Origines, artification, regard                   contemporain (Irregular heritages in France and Italy. Origins, artification, contemporary view)

        * a review of the development of the inventory and documentation of Russian folk art environments untill 2016            

Specific topics

        * a text (june 2013) in a series by the editor of this site

         * a text (july 2013) in a series by the editor of this site

         * text (july 2010) about Enni Id (Finland), Bonaria Manca (Italy) and Polina Rayko (Ukraine)

Environments as such, by country

Czech Republic

        * text by his grandson Pavel Forman, "No Return", on the occasion of an exposition (Olomouc, 2009)


Niilo Rytkönen, Sculptures around the farm
text by Olli Korhonen (2003)


        * text by Jean François Barrat (2017)

        *  text by Sophie Lepetit (2011)

Breton, Alexis le, Lord of the peppered pond
        * text by Sophie Lepetit (2012)

Costa Ferrera, Euclide da,The Blue House
        text by Pascale Herman (1979), the "making of" and talks with da Costa and neighbours 

       text by Laurent Danchin (2012), on Saint-Dizier's website about the author of "Le Petit Paris" 

Fouré, Abbé, The sculpted rocks
         * text by Noguette (1919) on life and works of the priest
       * interview (2013) by Monika Swuine with Joelle Jouneau, founder of the association
          "Les amis de l'oeuvre de l'Abbé Fouré"
       *  text by Michel Fressoz (2011) 

Jeannot (le Béarnois), Jeannot's floor
        * translation into english of the text carved into the floor;

Litnianski, Bodan, Garden of Wonders
       text by Jean-Marc Huygen (2009) on the importance of saving the site for the future;
        text by Agnes Varda (2004), introduction to a book on Litnianski's life and works; 

Morales, Raymond,
        transcript of a 2000 video, with Morales talking about his sculptures

Paysant, Abbé Victor, Decorated church of Ménil-Gondouin
        * text by Patrick Peccatte (2010)

Rapeau, Pierre, The wood with creatures
        * text by Yannick Rolandeau (2009) on Rapeau's creations and a movie that could not be made;

Smilowski, Jean
        *  text by Patrick Lepetit (2009), an introduction to Smilowski's life and work

        * text by Alain Cadet (2010), an interview with Vanabelle


        *  text of the inscription on the exterior wall in Italian, with translation into englsh)


Halman, Gregorius, "Olt Stoutenburght" castle
       *  transcript of a 2007 video, with Halman talking about his builded structure 

        *  transcript of a 1992 video (on Youtube in 2012), with Ham talking about his builded structure

Lankveld, Gerard van, Monera Carkos Vlado
report of a visit in 2010 by Oleksiy Kachmar and Julia Kysla

Leegwater, Ger, Kremlin in the Netherlands
       *  transcript of a video (2009) with Leegwater talking about his creations

Wiersma, Ruurd, Frisian outsider artist
        *  transcript of a 2011 video, dealing with Ruurd Wiersma, his work and environment


El Pasatiempo
text by Amio Cajander (2010) on the origins, features, decay and present state of El Pasatiempo 

Pujiula, Josep, Labyrinth environment
        *  manifest (2013) to save the environment


Rayko, Polina, Decorated house
        *  text by Oleksiy Kachmar (2009) on Rayko's life and works;

Tribushnyy, Vitaliy, Museum of totalitarianism
        *  text by Julia Kysla (2009) on this personal museum about communism, crime and terror

United Kingdom

Wright, Steve, House of Dreams Museum
        *  text of the introduction to his solo exposition in July 2010

More texts will follow. Comments and suggestions are very welcome (henkvanes(at)yahoo(dot)com)

Henk van Es