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Charles A.A. Dellschau (1830 – 1923) Charles Dellschau (1830-1923) is one of the earliest documented outsider artists known in America. What began as an illustrated manuscript recounting his experiences in the California Gold Rush became an obsessive project resulting in twelve large, hand-bound books with more than 2500 drawings related to airships and the development of flight.

Charles A. Dellschau – Charles Dellschau is one of the earliest documented outsider artists known in America.

Outsider artist, Charles Dellschau

Charles Dellschau Untitled x 17 Inches mixed media on paper andrew edlin gallery

Adolf Wölfli  Holy St. Adolf Tower  1919  American Folk Art Museum

Adolf Tower 1919 pencil and colored pencil on paper, ca 31 x 22 in. Collection of American Folk Art Museum, promised gift of Sam and Betsey Farber, photo by Gavin Ashworth

Sonora Aero Club  the drawings/watercolors were the work of one Charles August Albert Dellschau (1830 - 1923). Dellschau was a butcher for most of his life and only after his retirement in 1899 did he begin his incredible career as a self-taught artist.

Sonora Aero Club the drawings/watercolors were the work of one Charles August Albert Dellschau - Dellschau was a butcher for most of his life and only after his retirement in 1899 did he begin his incredible career as a self-taught artist.

Sonora Aero Club

Dreams of the Sonora Aero Club: Accidental Mysteries, 03.17.13

Sonora Aero Club the drawings/watercolors were the work of one Charles August Albert Dellschau - Dellschau was a butcher for most of his life and only after his retirement in 1899 did he begin his incredible career as a self-taught artist.

Dellshau

Very cool early Steampunk work by only recently discovered outsider artist Charles Dellschau.

MISTERIOS del Hombre y del Universo: El diario secreto de Dellschau

I came across this article by John Foster on Design Observer’s “Observatory” about the notebooks of Charles August Albert Dellschau's The Sonora Aero Club.

Adolf Wolfli drawing

The Adolf Wölfli Foundation was founded by Elka Spoerri The Foundation administers the estate of the “writer, poet, artist and composer” Adolf Wölfli and, since its founding in enjoys guest status at the Museum of Fine Arts Bern.

His story is one shrouded in mystery, almost lost forever, intertwined with secret societies, hidden codes, otherworldly theories and seemingly impossible inventions

Found in a Junk Shop: Secrets of an Undiscovered Visionary Artist: The secret society journal of Charles Dellschau

Amazing scrapbook found in junk store. (Lots of intense pics, if you click through...)

Found in a Junk Shop: Secrets of an Undiscovered Visionary Artist

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