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A VENEER OF FANTASY: THE HENRY DARGER COLLECTION OF KIYOKO AND NATHAN LERNER

Henry Darger
RECTO: AT CEDERNINE. VIVIAN GIRLS ... BATTLE, BUT REFUSE TO LEAVE THE FIELD VERSO: AT ANNA MIRIA. ONE OF THE VIVIAN GIRLS VIOLET TAKES UP AFTERNOON SENTRY DUTY AND FRUSTRATES A NUMBER OF GLANDELINIAN SHARP SHOOTERS BE HER OWN SWIFT AND GOOD ACCURACY OF SHOOTING
Estimate
80,000120,000
LOT SOLD. 112,500 USD
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A VENEER OF FANTASY: THE HENRY DARGER COLLECTION OF KIYOKO AND NATHAN LERNER

Henry Darger
RECTO: AT CEDERNINE. VIVIAN GIRLS ... BATTLE, BUT REFUSE TO LEAVE THE FIELD VERSO: AT ANNA MIRIA. ONE OF THE VIVIAN GIRLS VIOLET TAKES UP AFTERNOON SENTRY DUTY AND FRUSTRATES A NUMBER OF GLANDELINIAN SHARP SHOOTERS BE HER OWN SWIFT AND GOOD ACCURACY OF SHOOTING
Estimate
80,000120,000
LOT SOLD. 112,500 USD
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Details & Cataloguing

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Henry Darger
1892 - 1973
RECTO: AT CEDERNINE. VIVIAN GIRLS ... BATTLE, BUT REFUSE TO LEAVE THE FIELD VERSO: AT ANNA MIRIA. ONE OF THE VIVIAN GIRLS VIOLET TAKES UP AFTERNOON SENTRY DUTY AND FRUSTRATES A NUMBER OF GLANDELINIAN SHARP SHOOTERS BE HER OWN SWIFT AND GOOD ACCURACY OF SHOOTING
watercolor, carbon tracing and graphite on 3 joined sheets of paper
23 by 42 1/4 in. 58.4 by 107.3 cm.
Executed circa 1940-1960.
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Provenance

Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner

Catalogue Note

The American Civil War was a major influence in Darger's life.  As an early adolescent he was fascinated by the various battles, causalities and armament.  The first side of this dual work depicts the frantic Cedernine battle. The Angelinnian forces are firing artillery upon the Glandelinian army while their flank is attacked by Glandelinians.  The Vivian girls stand oblivious to the carnage about them.  Darger appears to have enjoyed the tension and anxiety that such a scene delivers to the viewer.

The obverse side depicts Violet, a Vivian girl, shooting the barbarous Glandelinians soldiers.  Darger portrays the Glandelinians in his watercolor paintings of The Realms as wearing grey uniforms and mortar board caps. The uniform has direct correlation with the Confederate uniforms he was familiar with.  Violet is rendered as a very innocent young girl, yet the painting's written description and depiction of dead and dying soldiers belies this innocence.  Darger certainly had the capacity to have selected a more menacing Violet, but chose to instill an uncomfortable anxiety in the picture, which is a reoccurring theme in many of his paintings and was likely a place he appears to have lived himself. 

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