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Henry Darger

  • Birth 12 Apr 1892 Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
  • Death 13 Apr 1973 Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
  • Burial Des Plaines, Cook County, Illinois, USA
  • Plot All Saints East, The Old People of the Little Sisters of the Poor Plot
  • Memorial ID 21463209

Folk Artist. Henry Darger was a Chicago artist best known for the illustrations to his 15,000-page novel, "The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What is Known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinnian War Storm, Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion." Raised in a brutal orphanage, he spent most of his adult life working as a janitor in Chicago hospitals, returning to his one room apartment in Lincoln Park each night to write and work on his paintings, which incorporate elements of collage and tracings from illustrations in popular magazines. His work was discovered only after his death, when his landlord, photographer Nathan Lerner, rescued it and began promoting it in Chicago art circles. His obsession with little girls and violence make his work difficult for some people to appreciate, but his work is unforgettable, and often stunningly beautiful.

Bio by: Lori Robbins


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  • Added: 9 Sep 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 21463209
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Henry Darger (12 Apr 1892–13 Apr 1973), Find A Grave Memorial no. 21463209, citing All Saints Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleum, Des Plaines, Cook County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .