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ADOLF WÖLFLI (2010)
Oil on Canvas - 25cm X 20cm
Adolf Wölfli was born in Switzerland. His father was a stonecutter, alcoholic and criminal who walked out on the family when Wölfli was just 6 years old. His mother struggled to cope and Wölfli became an orphan where he worked as a goat-header and farmers servant. He was forced to live in extreme poverty and was brutalised and became a troubled individual in adulthood. After the attempted assault of three young children he was committed to an asylum and diagnosed with schizophrenia. Whilst incarcerated, Wölfli was often violent and experienced hallucinations and spent most of his time in isolation. In 1899 Wölfli began to draw spontaneously and began a 31 year period of channeling his schizophrenic condition into the creation of art. In 1908 he started a semi autobiography that became an epic 45 volumes , containing 25,000 pages and 1,600 illustrations. He also composed music that he would perform on his cardboard trumpet.
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