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Adolf Wolfli

 (1864 - 1930)
Adolf Wolfli was active/lived in Switzerland, Germany.  Adolf Wolfli is known for outsider art, art brut, pencil drawing.

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Adolf Wölfli (occasionally spelled Adolf Woelfli or Adolf Wolfli) was a Swiss artist who was one of the first artists to be associated with the Art Brut or outsider art label.

Wölfli was born in Bern, Switzerland. He was abused both physically and sexually as a child, and was orphaned at the age of 10. He thereafter grew up in a series of state-run foster homes. He worked as a Verdingbub (indentured child labourer) and briefly joined the army, but was later convicted of attempted child molestation, for which he served prison time.

After being freed, he was re-arrested for a similar offense and in 1895 was admitted to the Waldau Clinic, a psychiatric hospital in Bern where he spent the rest of his adult life. He was very distu   ...  Displaying 750 of 5915 characters.

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