“There is nothing nobler or more admirable than when two people who see eye to eye keep house as man and wife, confounding their enemies and delighting their friends.”—Homer
Like others before and those to follow, Eugene Von Bruenchenhein would only become well known posthumously. Acknowledged primarily for eroticized and surrealistic photographs of his beloved wife and muse, Marie, he also painted, sculpted, collected plants and fancied himself to be an architect and philosopher too.
Although ambition fueled Von Bruenchenhein’s artistic drive, alas, during his lifetime, he never made it as an artist. His work never found an audience, he was never featured in a gallery, and he never sold a piece. He worked in a bakery, retired early because of health problems, and scraped by on Social Security at $220 a month. And yet, he never stopped creating.
I urge you to explore the work and life of Eugene Von Bruenchenhein. There will always be hipsters, poseurs, and wannabes seeking attention for their art, but it is those who dig deep and fearlessly whose work will eventually find its way.—Lane Nevares