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GILL, Madge
[Original Artwork]
[London]: [n.d.], 1882. 5 1/2" x 3 3/8". Black ink on blank commercial postcard, dat- ed "6-25-50" to verso. From the collection of the eminent art his- torian and author Ladislas Segy. Faint mounting residue to verso. Else fine. Fine. Guided by an entity she named "Myninterest," London housewife and spiritualist Madge Gill (1882- 1961) began making art in 1919, and thereafter created hundreds of automatic, Dada-esque drawings, predominantly ink (from the postcard size here to long rolls of muslin). It has been suggested that Gill used her drawing to communicate with her children, two of which died in infancy. She was a favorite of many outsider art proponents, including Jean Dubuffet, and Gill was a subject in Compagnie de l'Art Brut's classic monograph series.
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