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Artist Name:

Henry Darger

Nationality & Life Dates:

American, 1892–1973


40 at Jenny Richee Facing attack by blengiglomeneans who mistake them for little Glandelinians because they wore gray unforms, the only way to save save themselves is to undress & hide the Glandelinian uniforms


early 20th-mid 20th Century


Watercolor, pencil, and ink on paper


18 3/4 x 69 3/4 inches

Credit Line:

T. Marshall Hahn Collection

Accession Number:

1997.52.1 V

Currently Not on View
Beginning about 1909, reclusive Henry Darger wrote and illustrated a 15,145-page story recounting wars between imaginary nations on a distant planet. The story’s heroines are the seven blonde Vivian sisters, princesses who lead their nation to triumph. This long sheet features the sisters and the enormous flying dragons that protect them. The children stand in the waters of an immense flood, in front of skies blackened by vast fires. Darger was an imaginative and subtle colorist whose delicate hues unify his intricately arranged compositions. He often portrayed his young subjects nude, usually with male genitals, for reasons that remain unclear.

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