Ivan Generalic, The Woodcutter, oil on glass, 1959
Alison Pilkington posts about "Sunday painter," Croatian artist Ivan Generalic (1914-1992).
Pilkington writes that "Most of Generalic’s paintings are done on the back of glass, a technique that he mastered over several decades and one that reflected his folk roots and craft traditions... Generalic's painting are a visual delight but also an inexplicable blend of the logical and the illogical, the personal and the universal, the poetic and the realistic."
Mary Addison Hackett blogs images of self-taught and outsider art from the Anthony Petullo Collection including paintings by James Dixon (1887-early 1970's), Sylvia Levine (1911-1998), James Lloyd (1905-1974), Alfred Wallis, and Justin McCarthy.
Dougal McKenzie links to an interesting essay about artist Henry Darger, Realms of the Unreal by Stephen Prokopoff. The essays title refers to Darger's own "picaresque tale in 12 massive volumes composed of some 19,000 pages ... entitled The Story of the Vivian Girls, in what is Known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinian War Storm, Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion... It took more than eleven years to write it in longhand." Darger created "several hundred watercolor paintings" along with the written manuscript. Click through to the essay from McKenzie's post.
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