Tag: Le Palais Idéal

Artist's Notebook

The postman’s palace in Hauterives

Contributed by Ken Buhler / Imagine the most elaborate, fanciful and bizarre fairy-tale like sand castle possible. Ferdinand Cheval’s masterpiece, Le Palais Idéal, is teeming with, octopi, dragons, ostriches, flamingos, lions, elephants, deer, plants, gods, fairies, giants, and historical figures all interwoven with architectural forms whose references include Hindu, Buddhist, and Egyptian temples, Islamic mosques, and Swiss chalets.