Henry Joseph Darger, Jr. (/ˈdɑːrdʒər/; c. April 12, 1892 – April 13, 1973) was a reclusive American writer and artist who worked as a hospital custodian in Chicago, Illinois. He has become famous for his posthumously discovered 15,145-page, single-spaced fantasy manuscript called 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, along with several hundred drawings and watercolor paintings illustrating the story. The visual subject matter of his work ranges from idyllic scenes in Edwardian interiors and tranquil flowered landscapes populated by children and fantastic creatures, to scenes of horrific terror and carnage depicting young children being tortured and massacred. Much of his artwork is mixed media with collage elements. Darger’s artwork has become one of the most celebrated examples of outsider art.
“SWEET HOME CALIFORNIA” - an interior view of a beautifully decorated Edwardian Californian home. So many lovely details in focus. I have loved looking at this photo for years and never tire of it. I love the large floral area rugs with chairs set at angles to the walls, pillows and doilies all about. So cozy. A basket of fresh fruit on the dining room table, a jar of fresh flowers on the living room table, a basket a photographs sits on a doily underneath. Books can be seen in built-in bookcases and beautiful dishes in a cupboard in the dining room. A panoramic view of the neighborhood hangs on the wall. One pillow is embroidered with “California” and I hope it was just for this photo but one pillow is sitting atop a radiator.