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Outsider Art

— Unconventional visions

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.

Reed Enger, "Outsider Art, Unconventional visions," in Obelisk Art History, Published October 20, 2016; last modified May 28, 2020, http://arthistoryproject.com/subjects/outsider-art/.

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Australia is without Doubt the Habitat of the Giant Strawberry

Adolf Wölfli, 1911

Bed of Lotus Roses

Aloïse Corbaz, 1947

Blue Animal with Five Figures

Bill Traylor, 1939-1942

Brown House with Multiple Figures and Birds

Bill Traylor, c. 1939-1942

CAAD Auto Fallease

Charles Dellschau, 1919

Christoph Columbus

Adolf Wölfli, 1930

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

Adolf Wölfli, 1915

Crucifixion of the Holy St. Adolf

Adolf Wölfli, 1914

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, 1911

Gourmet Food Store: Feeding the Fishes

Adolf Wölfli, 1911

Illustration 43, Measure Across Center

Charles Dellschau, 1900

Jesus in Podravina

Ivan Večenaj, 1975

Liftpower Harnessed

Charles Dellschau, 1899

Many Mansions

Madge Gill, 1951

Mental Asylum Band-Copse

Adolf Wölfli, 1910


Ivan Večenaj, 1970

Noah's Ark

Edward Hicks, 1846

Plate 2627: Guarda

Charles Dellschau, 1912

Plate 4520: MAYBE

Charles Dellschau, 1899-1900

Recolections Part 2, Prof Carolus on Otto Krause

Charles Dellschau, 1899-1900

Red Man

Bill Traylor, c. 1940

Revolving Generator

Charles Dellschau, 1899

The Atlantic Ocean and the Harbor of Cradle-Beach

Adolf Wölfli, 1911

The Eyeglass-Butterfly in India

Adolf Wölfli, 1911

The Rooster

Ivan Večenaj, 1972

The Spark of Life

Charles Dellschau, 1899-1900

The St. Adolf-Ship in the Great Eastern Sea

Adolf Wölfli, 1918

The St. Adolf-Swiss-Tower

Adolf Wölfli, 1918

Three female figures

Madge Gill, c. 1940

Through the headlights we see the land of fire

Aloïse Corbaz, c. 1941-1951

Untitled (Radio)

Bill Traylor, c. 1940-1942

Untitled (Red Goat with Snake)

Bill Traylor, 1939-1942

Untitled (Yellow and Blue House with Figures and Dog)

Bill Traylor, 1939

Untitled, 1950s

Madge Gill, 1950

Village Fair

Ivan Večenaj, 1973

Weather Lodge

Charles Dellschau, 1899

Yellow Chicken

Bill Traylor, 1939-1940
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