Henry Darger. a) Are almost murdered themselves though they fight for their lives typhoon saves them... b) Vivian girls said Glandelinian tent,. (n.d.)

Henry Darger a) Are almost murdered themselves though they fight for their lives typhoon saves them... b) Vivian girls said Glandelinian tent, (n.d.)

  • Not on view

Darger's artistic project, comprising a complicated and mysterious novel and hundreds of accompanying drawings, was discovered only after his death in 1973. While working as a janitor at a Chicago hospital, Darger spent decades inventing and detailing the kingdoms, warring factions, battles, histories, belief systems, and mythologies that make up the violent tale 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. The drawings illustrate chapters and events from the story, and are often composed in part from the massive archive of newspaper and magazine clippings, coloring and picture books, and advertisements that Darger collected in his apartment.

Gallery label from Soldier, Spectre, Shaman: The Figure and the Second World War, October 24, 2015-March 20, 2016.
Watercolor and pencil on paper
22 x 88" (55.9 x 223.5 cm)
Gift of the artist's estate in honor of Klaus Biesenbach
Object number
© 2017 Henry Darger / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Drawings and Prints

Installation views

How we identified these works

In 2018–19, MoMA collaborated with Google Arts & Culture Lab on a project using machine learning to identify artworks in installation photos. That project has concluded, and works are now being identified by MoMA staff.

If you notice an error, please contact us at [email protected].


If you would like to reproduce an image of a work of art in MoMA’s collection, or an image of a MoMA publication or archival material (including installation views, checklists, and press releases), please contact Art Resource (publication in North America) or Scala Archives (publication in all other geographic locations).

All requests to license audio or video footage produced by MoMA should be addressed to Scala Archives at [email protected]. Motion picture film stills or motion picture footage from films in MoMA’s Film Collection cannot be licensed by MoMA/Scala. For licensing motion picture film footage it is advised to apply directly to the copyright holders. For access to motion picture film stills please contact the Film Study Center. More information is also available about the film collection and the Circulating Film and Video Library.

If you would like to reproduce text from a MoMA publication, please email [email protected]. If you would like to publish text from MoMA’s archival materials, please fill out this permission form and send to [email protected].


This record is a work in progress. If you have additional information or spotted an error, please send feedback to [email protected].