Henry Darger. a) The Vivian girls nuded like child slaves b) Untitled (Sacred Heart) and At second battle of Marcocino also escape from disasterous explosion during battle caused by glandelinians. (n.d.)

Henry Darger a) The Vivian girls nuded like child slaves b) Untitled (Sacred Heart) and At second battle of Marcocino also escape from disasterous explosion during battle caused by glandelinians (n.d.)

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Darger's artistic project, comprising a complicated and mysterious novel and hundreds of accompanying drawings, was discovered only after his death in 1973. While working as a janitor at a Chicago hospital, Darger spent decades inventing and detailing the kingdoms, warring factions, battles, histories, belief systems, and mythologies that make up the violent tale The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What Is Known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinian War Storm, Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion. The drawings illustrate chapters and events from the story, and are often composed in part from the massive archive of newspaper and magazine clippings, coloring and picture books, and advertisements that Darger collected in his apartment.

Gallery label from Soldier, Spectre, Shaman: The Figure and the Second World War, October 24, 2015-March 20, 2016.
Medium
Watercolor and pencil on paper
Dimensions
19 x 49" (48.3 x 124.5 cm)
Credit
Gift of the artist's estate in honor of Klaus Biesenbach
Object number
440.2012.a-b
Copyright
© 2017 Henry Darger / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Department
Drawings and Prints

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