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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

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Edward and Sarah Rutter

Edward and Sarah Rutter

Joshua Johnson1805
Joshua Johnson

Joshua Johnson

Who was Joshua Johnson?

1763-1824
Noah's Ark

Noah's Ark

Edward Hicks1846
Edward HicksPortrait of Edward Hicks

Edward Hicks

A pacifist paints lions and leopards

1780-1849
Revolving Generator

Revolving Generator

Charles Dellschau1899
Liftpower Harnessed

Liftpower Harnessed

Charles Dellschau1899
Weather Lodge

Weather Lodge

Charles Dellschau1899
Recolections Part 2, Prof Carolus on Otto Krause

Recolections Part 2, Prof Carolus on Otto Krause

Charles Dellschau1899-1900
The Spark of Life

The Spark of Life

Charles Dellschau1899-1900
Plate 4520: MAYBE

Plate 4520: MAYBE

Charles Dellschau1899-1900
Illustration 43, Measure Across Center

Illustration 43, Measure Across Center

Charles Dellschau1900
Henri RousseauPortrait of Henri Rousseau

Henri Rousseau

Painting dreams with a child's brush

1844-1910
Mental Asylum Band-Copse

Mental Asylum Band-Copse

Adolf Wölfli1910
The Eyeglass-Butterfly in India

The Eyeglass-Butterfly in India

Adolf Wölfli1911
Giant City, Band-Wald-Hall

Giant City, Band-Wald-Hall

Adolf Wölfli1911
Gourmet Food Store: Feeding the Fishes

Gourmet Food Store: Feeding the Fishes

Adolf Wölfli1911
Australia is without Doubt the Habitat of the Giant Strawberry

Australia is without Doubt the Habitat of the Giant Strawberry

Adolf Wölfli1911
The Atlantic Ocean and the Harbor of Cradle-Beach

The Atlantic Ocean and the Harbor of Cradle-Beach

Adolf Wölfli1911
Plate 2627: Guarda

Plate 2627: Guarda

Charles Dellschau1912

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 Wölfli1912
Crucifixion of the Holy St. Adolf

Crucifixion of the Holy St. Adolf

Adolf Wölfli1914
Cleopatra — St. Adolf-Ring, Giant City in India

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

Adolf Wölfli1915
The St. Adolf-Swiss-Tower

The St. Adolf-Swiss-Tower

Adolf Wölfli1918
The St. Adolf-Ship in the Great Eastern Sea

The St. Adolf-Ship in the Great Eastern Sea

Adolf Wölfli1918
CAAD Auto Fallease

CAAD Auto Fallease

Charles Dellschau1919
Charles DellschauPortrait of Charles Dellschau

Charles Dellschau

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

1830-1923
Christoph Columbus

Christoph Columbus

Adolf Wölfli1930
Adolf WölfliPortrait of Adolf Wölfli

Adolf Wölfli

The man who rewrote his life

1864-1930
Hilma af KlintPortrait of Hilma af Klint

Hilma af Klint

The world isn't ready

1862-1944
Florine StettheimerPortrait of Florine Stettheimer

Florine Stettheimer

Non-competitive art for the literati, gay and polyglot

1871-1944
Richard TeschnerPortrait of Richard Teschner

Richard Teschner

They're marionettes. That's what they are

1879-1948

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