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Themes in Art

Outsider Art
Unconventional visions

Outsider Art, Themes in Art

It’s been called art brut, vernacular art, primitive art, and raw art. 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.

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

Australia is without Doubt the Habitat of the Giant Strawberry Adolf Wölfli, 1911

Bed of Lotus Roses, Aloïse Corbaz

Bed of Lotus Roses Aloïse Corbaz, 1947

Blue Animal with Five Figures, Bill Traylor

Blue Animal with Five Figures Bill Traylor, 1939 – 1942

Brown House with Multiple Figures and Birds, Bill Traylor

Brown House with Multiple Figures and Birds Bill Traylor, 1939 – 1942

CAAD Auto Fallease, Charles Dellschau

CAAD Auto Fallease Charles Dellschau, 1919

Christoph Columbus, Adolf Wölfli

Christoph Columbus Adolf Wölfli, 1930

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

Cleopatra — St. Adolf-Ring, Giant City in India Adolf Wölfli, 1915

Crucifixion of the Holy St. Adolf, Adolf Wölfli

Crucifixion of the Holy St. Adolf Adolf Wölfli, 1914

Edward and Sarah Rutter, Joshua Johnson

Edward and Sarah Rutter Joshua Johnson, 1805

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

Giant City, Band-Wald-Hall, Adolf Wölfli

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

Gourmet Food Store: Feeding the Fishes, Adolf Wölfli

Gourmet Food Store: Feeding the Fishes Adolf Wölfli, 1911

Illustration 43, Measure Across Center, Charles Dellschau

Illustration 43, Measure Across Center Charles Dellschau, 1900

Jesus in Podravina, Ivan Večenaj

Jesus in Podravina Ivan Večenaj, 1975

Liftpower Harnessed, Charles Dellschau

Liftpower Harnessed Charles Dellschau, 1899

Many Mansions, Madge Gill

Many Mansions Madge Gill, 1951

Mental Asylum Band-Copse, Adolf Wölfli

Mental Asylum Band-Copse Adolf Wölfli, 1910

Nativity, Ivan Večenaj

Nativity Ivan Večenaj, 1970

Noah's Ark, Edward Hicks

Noah's Ark Edward Hicks, 1846

Plate 2627: Guarda, Charles Dellschau

Plate 2627: Guarda Charles Dellschau, 1912

Plate 4520: MAYBE, Charles Dellschau

Plate 4520: MAYBE Charles Dellschau, 1899 – 1900

Recolections Part 2, Prof Carolus on Otto Krause, Charles Dellschau

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

Red Man, Bill Traylor

Red Man Bill Traylor, 1940

Revolving Generator, Charles Dellschau

Revolving Generator Charles Dellschau, 1899

The Atlantic Ocean and the Harbor of Cradle-Beach, Adolf Wölfli

The Atlantic Ocean and the Harbor of Cradle-Beach Adolf Wölfli, 1911

The Eyeglass-Butterfly in India, Adolf Wölfli

The Eyeglass-Butterfly in India Adolf Wölfli, 1911

The Rooster, Ivan Večenaj

The Rooster Ivan Večenaj, 1972

The Spark of Life, Charles Dellschau

The Spark of Life Charles Dellschau, 1899 – 1900

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

The St. Adolf-Ship in the Great Eastern Sea Adolf Wölfli, 1918

The St. Adolf-Swiss-Tower, Adolf Wölfli

The St. Adolf-Swiss-Tower Adolf Wölfli, 1918

Three female figures, Madge Gill

Three female figures Madge Gill, 1940

Through the headlights we see the land of fire, Aloïse Corbaz

Through the headlights we see the land of fire Aloïse Corbaz, 1941 – 1951

Untitled (Radio), Bill Traylor

Untitled (Radio) Bill Traylor, 1940 – 1942

Untitled (Red Goat with Snake), Bill Traylor

Untitled (Red Goat with Snake) Bill Traylor, 1939 – 1942

Untitled (Yellow and Blue House with Figures and Dog), Bill Traylor

Untitled (Yellow and Blue House with Figures and Dog) Bill Traylor, 1939

Untitled, 1950s, Madge Gill

Untitled, 1950s Madge Gill, 1950

Village Fair, Ivan Večenaj

Village Fair Ivan Večenaj, 1973

Weather Lodge, Charles Dellschau

Weather Lodge Charles Dellschau, 1899

Yellow Chicken, Bill Traylor

Yellow Chicken Bill Traylor, 1939 – 1940

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Artist Letters, Themes in Art

Artist Letters

From the heart to the pen

Autobiographies, Themes in Art

Autobiographies

Hear it from the source

Grimoires, Themes in Art

Grimoires

Forbidden knowledge

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