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