Self-taught and working in isolation until his death in 1973, Henry Darger realized an elaborate fantasy world of exceptional good looks and strangeness, through hundreds of paintings and an epic written narrative. Angel-like Blengins with butterfly wings, natural catastrophes, innocent girls, and murderous soldiers all appear in Darger’s scenes, which might be reproduced on this book in double-page and gatefold spreads. Within the volume’s introductory essay, Klaus Biesenbach examines the unconventional originality of Darger’s art, including his use of collage, incorporation of non secular themes and iconography, and frequent juxtaposition of innocence with violence. An essay by Brooke Davis Anderson illuminates Darger’s source materials and techniques. Michael Bonesteel puts Darger’s life Within the context of his work and selects key texts to accompany the illustrations. The book also includes for the primary time the text of Darger’s History of My Life,A” the artist’s autobiography. The one book of its kind, Henry Darger offers an authoritative, balanced, and insightful take a look at an American master.
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