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Realms of the Unreal

October 7, 2009

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The Art of Henry Darger

The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What is known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinnian War Storm, Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion


Henry Darger was a strange man. Isolated in a life of recluse and hermit tendencies, this Chicago, Illinois custodian  became famous posthumously after a 15,145-page, single-spaced fantasy manuscript titled The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What is known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinnian War Storm, Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion was found in his cramped apartment. Darger was a victim of  both A.D.D and Tourettes syndrome, which hurt his personal relationships.  His work is rather disturbing and strange and is a glimpse into the insane and savage mind of a recluse. He is one of the best examples of Outsider Art. I got a chance to see his work at American Folk Art Museum in New York City and his work is rich in detail and gives the impression that you are in a disturbing dream.

His work is very religious and sexual.   The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What is known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinnian War Storm, Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion is a story of the daughters of Robert Vivian, seven sisters who are princesses of the Christian nation of Abbieannia and who assist a daring rebellion against the evil John Manley’s regime of child slavery imposed by the Glandelinians.  Yes it is very out there, but it is an interesting glimpse of  an insane mind and a definite piece of American art that should be further explored.

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One of three known pictures of Henry Darger

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 7, 2009 1:55 am

    this reminds me of medieval art. great

  2. genette permalink
    May 3, 2010 6:04 pm

    hi just a quick note really, but i dont know if you are aware of this but this work was actually a way for him to deal with the sexual abuse he suffered while in care, and the girls with penises are in fact the boys of the home who would be woken and dressed as girls by there supposed carers. So in fact it tells the story of how he would have liked to have a saviour, in the form of the butterfly creatures. anyway im sure you can find some more on the subject, but none the less very intriguing and insightful.

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