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Audio Tour: Henry Darger — Selected Works

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At Jennie Richee Assuming nuded appearance by compulsion race ahead of coming storm to warn their father.


Brooke Anderson (inset)"In this painting, you can see that preoccupation, that fascination with weather and weather patterns. He uses weather to also create an emotion from you, the viewer. For example, in this painting, you'll see that the enslaved children are fleeing. What they're fleeing from is this looming storm of a rolling cloud that he would have seen throughout his life, being a Midwesterner. There is nothing gentle and bucolic about it like we saw with the landscape when we started this tour."

About This Work
Watercolor, pencil, and carbon tracing on pieced paper (19 x 70 1/4"). American Folk Art Museum, gift of Ralph Esmerian in memory of Robert Bishop 2000.25.3A. © Kiyoko Lerner. Photo: James Prinz.

The American Folk Art Museum logoAbout 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.





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