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Eugene Von Bruenchenhein


Eugene Von Bruenchenhein
Untitled, 1960
concrete and mixed media

Eugene von Breunchenhein was born in Marionette, Wisconsin in 1910. His father was a sign painter and his stepmother also an artist. Von Breunchenhein lived a quiet, seemingly ordinary life, working in the family grocery store, in a greenhouse and florist shop, and a bakery.

As known only to his wife Marie and a few people very close to him, he created thousands of pieces of art, which completely filled his home in Milwaukee. After his death, his incredible artistic output was discovered, which included drawings and paintings, many with a visionary or futuristic subject matter, constructions made of dried chicken bones, ceramic sculptures, and photographs of his muse, Marie, in exotic and elaborate costumes.

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