Photographer's Note

First of a serie on Ferdinand Cheval's Palais Idéal. He is mostly known as Facteur Cheval.
He was 43 in the year 1879, when he began to make his dream true, a huge work which would keep him busy for the rest of his life (1912).
Using cement, shells and river rocks, night after night, he built his "Palais Ideal".

Jeremy Josephs, Freelance Writer and Journalist wrote on his site The Postman's Palace:

"An ill-educated, little-travelled postman who would single-handedly construct a magnificent temple to nature now classified as an historical monument in France, his 33 years of blood, sweat and tears now feted by artists and intellectuals alike. Not bad for someone who the locals liked to classify as the village idiot".

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