What outsider art blog would be complete without the work of Friedrich Schröder-Sonnenstern? Born in 1892 in East Prussia and diagnosed as schizophrenic in his youth, he early on spent time in both prison and mental hospitals. Living in Berlin in through the Weimar period he passed himself off as a “doctor” offering health cures and palm reading. He only began drawing after WWII when he was in his 50s. His work was championed by Dubuffet and Hans Bellmer and he’s an artist of real power and complexity whose work deserves far more attention that it’s received to date.
The works for me have the freshness and wonderful color of Persian or Indian miniatures.