Lot 104
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EUGENE VON BRUENCHENHEIN | Selected Portraits of Marie

50,000 - 70,000 USD
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  • Eugene Von Bruenchenhein
  • Selected Portraits of Marie
  • gelatin silver print
  • Each approximately 10 by 8 in. (25.4 by 20.3 cm.)
a group of 36 photographs, each framed, circa 1945 (36)


Acquired from Marie Von Bruenchenhein, the photographer's widow, 1989


New York, Museum of Sex, Known/Unknown: Private Obsession and Hidden Desire in Outsider Art, January - September 2017

Catalogue Note

Self-taught, visionary artist Eugene Von Bruenchenhein met Eveline Kalke in 1939 at a state fair in Wisconsin, and they were married in 1943.  Nicknamed 'Marie,' she became Von Bruenchenhein’s muse, modeling for hundreds of pin-up style photographs in their home in Milwaukee.  Although Von Bruenchenhein was also a prolific painter, ceramicist, and sculptor, the photographs he took during the 1940s reveal not only his obsession with photographing his young wife but also ingenious resourcefulness.  Marie wore homemade crowns, bikinis, and jewelry fashioned from scavenged Christmas ornaments to flowers to coffee cans.