A VENEER OF FANTASY: THE HENRY DARGER COLLECTION OF KIYOKO AND NATHAN LERNER
Throughout The Realms, Darger places the Vivian girls frequently finding their way into various caves. Surprisingly, Darger very rarely depicted the setting in his watercolors. Remarkably, the subsequent compositions to this work are known. The first is titled 32 At Jennie Richee. Trapped in lighted part of the cavern they try to elude Glandelinians surrounding them (Andrew Edlin, Sound and Fury: The Art of Henry Darger, New York 2009, p. 28-29). Here, a few moments later in the story and the Vivian girls have been surrounded and their demise is imminent. The second, 34 At Jennie richee. While fleeing remaining Glandelinians both they and the foe encounter Blengiglomenean creatures. They are Shooting, not at the Blengiglomenean creatures (Klaus Biesenbach, Henry Darger, New York 2014, cat. no. 7.12, p. 308). John M. MacGregor, in his encyclopedic book Henry Darger: In the Realms of the Unreal, surmises that “caverns unmistakably excited [Darger’s] imagination, inspiring astonishingly inventive portrayals of vast labyrinths extending deep into the bowels of the earth.” Furthermore, “his drawings of this mysterious realm beneath the earth depict vast subterranean openings, glowing with luminous hues never before encountered in caves, in which children can wander as freely as in a dream” (John M. MacGregor, Henry Darger: In the Realms of the Unreal, New York 2002, p. 361).
"The World needs a Narrative."
Henry Darger, 1950
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