Fliegen-Wald

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Adolf Wölfli (Swiss, 1864–1930)
Fliegen-Wald, ca. 1921
Pencil and colored pencil on paper
19 3/4 × 26 1/4 in. (50.17 × 66.68 cm)
Gift of Anthony Petullo M2012.272
Photo credit: Larry Sanders
Not Currently on View

The drawings of Adolf Wolfli center on Saint Adolf II, the protagonist of the 2,970-page semiautobiographical story the artist began in 1908. Over the course of approximately thirty years, Wolfli created some twenty thousand pages of incredibly complex and detailed drawings, featuring snakes, patterns, text, and musical compositions—and, of course, Saint Adolf II.

Publication History
Andera, Margaret, and Lisa Stone. Accidental Genius: Art from the Anthony Petullo Collection. Milwaukee, WI: Milwaukee Art Museum, 2012, p. 196, color illus. pp. 157 & 196.
Exhibition History
Accidental Genius: Art from the Anthony Petullo Collection, Milwaukee Art Museum, February 10 – May 6, 2012.


This information is subject to change as the result of ongoing research.