Untitled (Marie Von Bruenchenhein)

Eugene Von Bruenchenhein
Untitled (Marie Von Bruenchenhein), ca. 1940s - mid 1950s
Eugene Von Bruenchenhein, Untitled (Marie Von Bruenchenhein), ca. 1940s-mid-1950s. Gelatin silver print, 9 7/8 in x 8 in. Gift of Jacqueline Loewe Fowler (Class of 1947), 1999.114

A self-taught American artist whose work only garnered attention after his death, Eugene Von Bruenchenhein created prolifically and eclectically, working with whatever materials were on hand. He painted on cardboard with hand-made brushes, made ceramics with clay collected at construction sites, and built intricate sculptures out of chicken bones. Among his earliest works are photographs, such as this double exposure, in which his wife, Marie, plays the starring role.

Elaine Mehalakes
Kemper Curator of Academic Programs