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Poitout was born on 21st February 1949 in Auxerre in the Yonne and died on 2nd August 2008 in Paris. Her mother worked as a maid, the father was a farm worker, a brutal Giant nicknamed "Gorilla" who could neither read nor write. Already her grandfather was a farm worker, her grandmother a psychiatric nurse. When she was four years old, her grandfather toolk her to slaughterhouses in Auxerre, where animals were alive hung on hooks. As long as she lived, Anne-Marie Poitout remained traumatized by the memory of these scenes and the cries of the animals. She taught herself reading with the newspaper "L'Yonne Republicain" at the age of four years and with six, she wrote poems and drew. When her mother threw a book of her poems in the oven, they tried to save it from the fire and pulled it to severe burns that lead to scarring on the forearms that accompanied her whole life. Until she was 10 years old, she lived in an attic, but went to school regularly. She failed at the end of school ( excellent essay in French and Failure in other subjects). Until she was 18 years old, she was abused by her parents and then escaped this hell by marrying the first man she met, an accountant, with whom she had three children, two boys and a girl. And she found a job as a typist. After a few years of marriage, her husband began to beat her too, after which she was able to obtain the separation, but after that, she could hardly see her children. Thanks to psychotherapy, she found a certain balance in 1980, but was repeatedly in psychiatric hospitals and always supervised by a psychiatrist. In 1984 she met Jean-Paul Delcourt, responsible for "Éditions d'Art de Lutece" who offered her to publish her ??drawings. Unfortunately, however, a fire destroyed all her work and put an end to this project. Anne-Marie Poitout, who lived in Paris, spent her time drawing and writing children's stories and tried to sell her drawings at the entrance of the Metro. She had a tendency to destroy her works and lived without talking with someone very lonely along with her ??cats. Her work is represented in collections and museums of Art Brut in France and abroad.

Jean-Paul Henry