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Untitled (Idyllic landscape with children) by Henry Darger

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Untitled (Idyllic landscape with children)


Brooke Anderson (inset)"The Vivian girls are the heroes of In The Realms of the Unreal. In this painting, you can see the Vivian girls shown in the center of the composition. There are seven Vivian girls and they are blonde-headed sisters often wearing Easter dresses with a little bowtie across their chests. Sometimes Darger is so infatuated by the Vivian girl that he makes more than seven of them in his paintings."

About This Work
Watercolor, pencil, carbon tracing, and collage on pieced paper (24 x 106 1/2"). American Folk Art Museum, gift of John and Margaret Robson 2004.1.3b. © Kiyoko Lerner. Photo: James Prinz.

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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.





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