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Maria Gugging - Art Brut

By brownsilent
First of all: I am still alive!
Second: I wish we had heaps of snow and frost and everything to keep me in the house, quiet, still and cosy. Life is to brute, sometimes!

That's why I thought, I'll post some art brut, images from a museum near Vienna, which we visited on our way along the Danube. The artists living at Maria Gugging have psychiatric illnesses and mental disabilities, but showing great humour and a huge lust of colours. (
V1: A mural of August Walla
V2, V3 House of artists
V4, V5 - some of the exposed work at the new gallery

Tags: Danube Landscape and travel Maria Gugging Art brut

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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
14 Nov 2011 7:37AM
Amazing artwork, Johanna, very well captured. Carol

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mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
14 Nov 2011 7:40AM
Extraordinary, I shall come back to this for a longer look after work.
woolybill1 Plus
11 23 72 United Kingdom
14 Nov 2011 7:44AM
Fascinating naive art, Johanna; better pictures than I could draw!
A riot of colours and painting, animals and lettering. A tremendous set from this find on your travels Johanna, you always bring us something unusual. Strange how one name jumps out at us.
Good to see you back and posting, I hope your husband is back to fitness again?

brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
14 Nov 2011 7:59AM
Yes, that name springs out at us, but as it seems, the artist framed it with two crosses! I wondered what thoughts went through his troubled mind while he was painting. It looks like he knows a lot and was trying to express a lot in this painting. It is only one wall in his room, but all the walls and the ceilling looks like this - amazing and slightly disturbing...
saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
14 Nov 2011 8:17AM
Great and fantastic set of images,V1 is my favorite,love the Artwork and colours in this set,
andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
14 Nov 2011 8:38AM
brilliant set johanna fantastic colours and detail v1 for me today but not by much nice one Wink
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
14 Nov 2011 9:27AM
fabulous to see
Richsr 11 91 223 England
14 Nov 2011 10:11AM
Certainly liked the bold colours and shapes too johanna, a good set of captures from here.
Regards Richard
lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
14 Nov 2011 10:15AM
Very colourful set
EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
14 Nov 2011 10:55AM
Fascinating to see the artwork. Wonderful bold colours. All a little disturbing and doubtless disturbed. I think my favourite section is in V4 and those soaring white doves!

Joline Plus
12 30 53 United States
14 Nov 2011 12:16PM
There is a fine line between the madman and the artist in these I think.
9 10 10 England
14 Nov 2011 2:54PM
There is almost too much in your lead image for me to take in Johanna, the others I can cope with a little better. It is wonderful that these people can be so creative and it must be a wonderful way to release some of their emotions.
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
14 Nov 2011 3:31PM
What wonderful and colourful artwork, Johanna Smile Just the thing to brighten up these grey, dismal days Wink
Trev Smile
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
14 Nov 2011 3:33PM
These wonderful shots need some serious study time to try to read the thoughts behind them. What a wonderful thing that they should be allowed the time and space to express themselves.
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
14 Nov 2011 3:36PM
I can imagine a lot of thoughts would be released here Johanna.
Perhaps a good bit of therapy for them to release them.
And very colourful they are too !!
pascalg Plus
10 37 France
14 Nov 2011 4:21PM
incredible set
some superb images there
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
14 Nov 2011 4:57PM
Lots of interesting and colourful details

14 Nov 2011 5:13PM
Amazing work and so very well captured, Johanna.
helenlinda Plus
11 360 22 United Kingdom
14 Nov 2011 8:14PM
So much to see here Johanna - wonderful colours SmileSmile
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2023 United Kingdom
14 Nov 2011 8:54PM
I like the way the artwork fills your frame in V1. The pictures remind me of some that I saw in South America (Panama), they have that sort of style, and are also very colourful.
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
14 Nov 2011 10:08PM
A splendid selection of very colourful artwork for us to view, I agree entirely with Ron's sentiments, he's summed things up so succinctly above
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
15 Nov 2011 1:11AM
Such wonderful colour and various artwork. So much to see and think about. Love them all.............Sandy
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
15 Nov 2011 2:34PM
Pleased to be no30 for these fine uploads Johanna. These artists do seem to be having such fun and its magical that they can express themselves in this way.

oh and thank you for the poem.
NeilWigan Plus
7 17 16 England
15 Nov 2011 3:02PM
V1 is fascinating ,lots of political and religious symbols scattered about ,obviously means something to the artist . I struggle to understand the minds of so called normal people ,at times ,perhaps we should all express our inner thoughts for public assesment ,scary thought.
FeatherFriend 10 38 217 England
15 Nov 2011 6:02PM
A very interesting set Jo, lovely shots,
Roly 11 Wales
20 Nov 2011 7:54PM
Fascinating set Johanna.I really like V1.
Mynett 9 142 6 United Kingdom
9 Dec 2011 10:58PM
some lovely works created by the poor souls I like v4 and 5 very much

30 Dec 2011 9:11AM
A fascinating set Johanna. A
1881 6 India
16 Apr 2012 7:55PM

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