(1864 - 1930)
Adolf Wolfli was active/lived in Switzerland. Adolf Wolfli is known for painting.
Adolf Wölfli (1864-1930), known for his colorful intricate drawings filled with imagined autobiographical details, is one of the foundational figures of Art Brut. The artist began to draw shortly after his 1895 admission to the Waldau Clinic in Bern, Switzerland, and Dr. Walter Morgenthaler, a psychiatrist at the clinic, took interest in his output.
In 1921, Morgenthaler published the now-seminal text Ein Geisteskranker als Künstler (A Psychiatric Patient as Artist), a full-length study of Wölfli’s life and art. Years later, in a 1965 exhibition catalog for the eleventh Exposition International du Surréalisme, famous surrealist Andre Breton wrote that Wölfli’s “vivid creations…as an ensemble represent one ... Displaying 750 of 1853 characters.