Swipe left to reveal the dragon! To create his visually compelling works, Henry Darger borrowed from popular-media sources to overcome his lack of formal drawing skills. Tracing images onto paper, Darger wove together carefully assembled compositions then filled in the line drawings with watercolor to produce the final results. Among the most appealing of the fantastic creations that populate "In the Realms of the Unreal" are the Blengiglomenean Serpents, or Blengins. These are dragonlike creatures that protect children, often at grave risk to themselves. The Blengins take many specific forms; some are combined with human characteristics, others with animal heads or butterfly wings.
Image: Gigantic Roverine with Young All poisonous All islands of Universan seas and oceans. Also in Calverina Angelinia and Abbieannia., Henry Darger (1892–1973), Chicago, Illinois, United States, mid-twentieth century, watercolor, pencil, and carbon tracing on pieced paper. Anonymous gift © Kiyoko Lerner, 2001.16.4. Photo by James Prinz.
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