Eugene von Bruenchenhein  (American, 1910-1983) 

Eugene von Bruenchenhein (American, 1910-1983), was an outsider artist from Milwakee, Wisconsinm known for his prolific collection of paintings, sculptures, and photographs. A high-school dropout, he lived a subsistence lifestyle with his wife, using found materials such as cardboard boxes from the bakery he worked at, as well as chicken bones and cement. His fantastical and haunting landscapes can be characterized by his self-taught technique of using his fingers, combs, quills, and tools from the bakery to scrape away the paint to reveal a white undercoat. Bruenchenhein’s visionary scenes contain intense color contrasts and unearthly, undulating shapes. Before working with scavenged materials, he photographed his wife, Marie, in black and white, pin-up style scenarios.

His work has been shown in the American Folk Art Museum in New York, the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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Eugene von Bruenchenhein, Untitled (Turquoise Leaf Vessel)


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Untitled (Turquoise Leaf Vessel)
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Eugene von Bruenchenhein, Chinese Influence


Eugene von Bruenchenhein
Chinese Influence, 1954
paintings, oil


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Eugene von Bruenchenhein, Ohne Titel


Eugene von Bruenchenhein
Ohne Titel, 1955
oil on artist board


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Eugene von Bruenchenhein, Untitled


Eugene von Bruenchenhein
Untitled, 1956
oil on artist board


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