Eugene Von Bruenchenhein

Viewing Gallery

January 12 - March 10, 2007

Press Release

Eugene Von Bruenchenhein was a reclusive self-taught artist whose visionary work was discovered only upon his death in 1983. Working in a modest house overcrowded with art outside of Milwaukee, Von Bruenchenhein painted fanciful and phantasmic landscapes of other worlds, some inhabited with primordial sea-like creatures. His skillful finger paintings were made wet-into-wet in one fervorish sitting. Besides writing poetry and theories on the genesis of life, he also compulsively made miniature sculptures from dried chicken bones, ceramics of plant forms and hundreds of loving, semi-nude pin-up photographs of his wife Marie.


Von Bruenchenhein thought of himself as an artist and approached his work with great passion. In his isolation he amassed a lifetime of highly unique works that are represented in many private and public collections including: American Folk Art Museum, New York; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; John M. Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin; Milwaukee Art Museum; New Orleans Museum of Art; Newark Museum of Art; Philadelphia Museum of Art; and Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.