Eugene Von Bruenchenhein

Year inducted: 2011
1910-1983

During his lifetime, Eugene Von Bruenchenhein of Milwaukee created thousands of works known only to his wife and a few close friends. His paintings, photographs and found-object sculptures (often using chicken bones), reveal an eccentric artist obsessed by the creative act itself. Over the years, his paintings evolved into more abstract, fluid imagery suggestive of phantasmagoric landscapes. Thanks to the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan who first discovered Von Bruenchenhein’s work, the Arts Center soon made formal arrangements with the artist’s family to move the entire body of work to the institution. Today his work continues to be exhibited widely with his individual genius especially recognized by connoisseurs of “outsider” art and the self-taught.

Works by Eugene Von Bruenchenhein