Instagram post by @afamuseum American Folk Art Museum

Another #bombcyclone? We're feeling the springtime vibes of this Henry Darger work. Darger created nearly 300 watercolor and collage paintings, bound into three huge volumes, to illustrate his epic masterpiece, "The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What Is Known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinnian War Storm, Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion," a tale about a world torn apart by war. Darger began to work on "In the Realms of the Unreal" (as it is commonly called) when he was about 19 years old. When it was completed, after decades of work, the typewritten manuscript was 15,145 pages long and comprised 13 volumes. "In the Realms of the Unreal" is the tale of seven little girls—the Vivian Girls—who set out to rescue abducted children who have been enslaved by the adult Glandelinians. The heroes in this tale are always the children, the villains typically adults. The story of war and peace, of good versus evil, loosely parallels many of the events of the American Civil War. Scroll through to see what the Vivian Girls are up to at this point in the story! This piece and many others are shown alongside the entire original manuscript in our current exhibition, Vestiges & Verse: Notes from the Newfangled Epic, open through May 27.
Image: 195 Are unsuccessfully attacked by Glandelinian soldiers unseen in picture, narrowly escape capture by hiding among Balboa bushes. (double-sided), Henry Darger (1892–1973), Chicago, Illinois, United States, mid-twentieth century, watercolor, pencil, and carbon tracing on pieced paper, 22 × 112 1/2 in. Museum purchase © Kiyoko Lerner, 2001.16.1A. Photo by James Prinz.
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11 Comments

  • 50w ago pauladeuber pauladeuber

    Beautiful!

  • 50w ago vannicuoghi vannicuoghi

    Bellissimo!

  • 50w ago saraidelfendahl saraidelfendahl

    Love Henri Darger 😍

  • 50w ago spacemanfromthepast spacemanfromthepast

    ...and the "Best Use of the Slideshow Feature" award goes to..

  • 50w ago afamuseum afamuseum

    @northerncamisado Hi there! We certainly don't mean to make light of the seriousness of the storm and apologize if our post came off that way. Many folks are sharing under the hashtag–whether it's photos of pets, crafts they're working on, meals they're eating, or places they would rather be–as a way of communicating with others while stuck indoors or just trying to pass the time. Having been through a number of storms ourselves, including January's bomb cyclone, we used the hashtag hoping to bring a bit of levity to those in neighboring states affected by this one.

  • 50w ago afamuseum afamuseum

    @spacemanfromthepast Darger's works are great for this because he painted on papers that he pieced together. You can see the seams if you look closely. This one is over 9 feet wide!

  • 50w ago raynashine raynashine

    @randicshaw

  • 50w ago louieij louieij

    @mcisaaman

  • 50w ago michaelmotamedi michaelmotamedi

    Awesome!

  • 49w ago floralsculptures floralsculptures

    Beautiful

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