Henry Darger .
A poor man's Lewis Carroll .
But richer in his private lushness than the drones that exploited his harsh nectar.
"Full many a flower is born to blush unseen,
And waste its sweetness on the desert air."
See also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vincent_van_Gogh
The conclusions are obvious .
Can one see a really dedicated artist as a separate sex ?
It seems like it .
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Photograph of Henry Darger taken by David Berglund in 1971
|Birth name||Henry Joseph Darger, Jr.|
|Born||April 12, 1892|
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Died||April 13, 1973 (aged 81)|
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Field||Painting, Collage, Writing, Pencil and pen drawing, Sketching|
|Works||In the Realms of the Unreal|
The History of My Life
Crazy House: Further Adventures in Chicago
"Henry Joseph Darger, Jr. (//; c. April 12, 1892 – April 13, 1973) was a reclusive American writer and artist who worked as a custodian in Chicago, Illinois. He has become famous for his posthumously discovered 15,145-page, single-spaced fantasy manuscript called The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What is Known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinian War Storm, Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion, along with several hundred drawings and watercolor paintings illustrating the story. The visual subject matter of his work ranges from idyllic scenes in Edwardian interiors and tranquil flowered landscapes populated by children and fantastic creatures, to scenes of horrific terror and carnage depicting young children being tortured and massacred.Much of his artwork is mixed media with collage elements. Darger's artwork has become one of the most celebrated examples of outsider art."
"Posthumous fame and influence
Darger's landlords, Nathan and Kiyoko Lerner, came across his work shortly before his death, a day after his birthday, on April 13, 1973. Nathan Lerner, an accomplished photographer whose long career the New York Times wrote "was inextricably bound up in the history of visual culture in Chicago", recognized immediately the artistic merit of Darger's work. By this time Darger was in the Catholic mission St. Augustine's, operated by the Little Sisters of the Poor, where his father had died.
The Lerners took charge of the Darger estate, publicizing his work and contributing to projects such as the 2004 documentaryIn the Realms of the Unreal. In cooperation with Kiyoko Lerner, Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art dedicated the Henry Darger Room Collection in 2008 as part of its permanent collection. Darger has become internationally recognized thanks to the efforts of people who knew to save his works. After Nathan Lerner's death in 1997, Kiyoko Lerner became the sole figure in charge of both her husband's and Darger's estates. The U.S. copyright representative for the Estate of Henry Darger and the Estate of Nathan Lerner is the Artists Rights Society.
Darger is today one of the most famous figures in the history of outsider art. At the Outsider Art Fair, held every January in New York City, and at auction, his work is among the highest-priced of any self-taught artist. The American Folk Art Museum, New York City, opened a Henry Darger Study Center in 2001. His work now commands upwards of $80,000."
In total disregard
A Salute to all Outsiders .