Henry Darger

Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Death 13 Apr 1973 (aged 81)
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 · View Source
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Artist. He was a folk 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, Illinois 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.


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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : 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 .