Untitled (Portrait Of Colonel Jack Francis Evans)
“What were looking at here is a small work by Henry Darger. Most of us know Henry Darger’s large panoramic paintings done in watercolor, often with collage. This is another kind of expression that he created. We call them his portraits. He made individual portraits of many of the cast of characters. Colonel Jack Francis Evans, an Angelinnian officer, is shown here with his entire contributions to the war written around his portrait. Darger often used words in his compositions to great effect, but also as an informational device, not just an aesthetic device.”
About This Work
Watercolor, pencil, ink and collage on board (13 3/4 x 11 1/2″). American Folk Art Museum purchase, 2002.22.5. © Kiyoko Lerner. Photo: Gavin Ashworth.
About Our Guide
Brooke Davis Anderson, director and curator of the Contemporary Center at the American Folk Art Museum since 1999, is responsible for the care and cultivation of the contemporary objects by self-taught artists in the permanent collection as well as new acquisitions and exhibitions. Brooke is also involved with programming and collaborative initiatives of The Contemporary Center and its special division, The Henry Darger Study Center.
Photographs, image captions, and accession information provided by the American Folk Art Museum. Reprinted with permission.