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Outsider Art

It's been called art brut, or raw art — but through history some artists have defied classification. Working outside the mainstream art world we find wildly creative people rewriting history, preaching a message, or trying to silence their demons

Hilma af Klint

The world isn't ready.

1862-1944

Florine Stettheimer

Non-competitive art for the literati, gay and polyglot.

1871-1944

Henri Rousseau

Painting dreams with a child's brush.

1844-1910

Adolf Wölfli

The man who rewrote his life.

1864-1930

Joshua Johnson

Who was Joshua Johnson?

1763-1824

Edward Hicks

A pacifist paints lions and leopards.

1780-1849

Charles Dellschau

Anti-gravity fuel and the adventures of the Sonora Aero Club

1830-1923

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Mental Asylum Band-Copse

Mental Asylum Band-Copse

Adolf Wölfli,1910
The Spark of Life

The Spark of Life

Charles Dellschau,1899-1900
Recolections Part 2, Prof Carolus on Otto Krause

Recolections Part 2, Prof Carolus on Otto Krause

Charles Dellschau,1899-1900
Plate 4520: MAYBE

Plate 4520: MAYBE

Charles Dellschau,1899-1900
CAAD Auto Fallease

CAAD Auto Fallease

Charles Dellschau,1919
Plate 2627: Guarda

Plate 2627: Guarda

Charles Dellschau,1912
Illustration 43, Measure Across Center

Illustration 43, Measure Across Center

Charles Dellschau,1900
Weather Lodge

Weather Lodge

Charles Dellschau,1899
Liftpower Harnessed

Liftpower Harnessed

Charles Dellschau,1899
Revolving Generator

Revolving Generator

Charles Dellschau,1899
The Atlantic Ocean and the Harbor of Cradle-Beach

The Atlantic Ocean and the Harbor of Cradle-Beach

Adolf Wölfli,1911
Crucifixion of the Holy St. Adolf

Crucifixion of the Holy St. Adolf

Adolf Wölfli,1914
Cleopatra — St. Adolf-Ring, Giant City in India

Cleopatra — St. Adolf-Ring, Giant City in India

Adolf Wölfli,1915

Sit today, my dear child: whosoever's hungry, may bark: the warhose flies in the wind: the pointer with the trowel: is truly my worst foe.

From the Cradle to the Grave, Excerpt

Adolf Wölfli,1912
The St. Adolf-Ship in the Great Eastern Sea

The St. Adolf-Ship in the Great Eastern Sea

Adolf Wölfli,1918
Australia is without Doubt the Habitat of the Giant Strawberry

Australia is without Doubt the Habitat of the Giant Strawberry

Adolf Wölfli,1911
The St. Adolf-Swiss-Tower

The St. Adolf-Swiss-Tower

Adolf Wölfli,1918
Christoph Columbus

Christoph Columbus

Adolf Wölfli,1930
Gourmet Food Store: Feeding the Fishes

Gourmet Food Store: Feeding the Fishes

Adolf Wölfli,1911
Giant City, Band-Wald-Hall

Giant City, Band-Wald-Hall

Adolf Wölfli,1911
The Eyeglass-Butterfly in India

The Eyeglass-Butterfly in India

Adolf Wölfli,1911

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