Adolf Wolfli held in a psychiatric hospital for 35 years.
The drawings of the Swiss Adolf Wolfli that 35 years of his life spent in a psychiatric clinic in Bern, was very popular among representatives of surrealism. Today we tell the sad story of Adolf Wolfli that happened a long time ago, but that is why it is worth listening to, otherwise it will be forgotten altogether.
Adolf Wolfli was born in the small Swiss town in the family of a stonemason and a laundress, and was the seventh child of his parents. Childhood Adolf has worked diligently, trying to help the family, was a shepherd, a lumberjack, a laborer… At the age of ten the boy was taken to an orphanage, where he learned heavy the orphan’s share.
Being a nineteen year old young man, Adolf fell in love with a girl and Woo her, but the bride’s family refused. Beside himself with grief, the young man enlisted in the army, where he served some time, but the weight of the transferred failure affected the whole future life of Adolf Wolfli. In all he met girls he got to know his former sweetheart. Adolf was 25 years old when he was put in jail for harassment.
After leaving prison, Welfle spent about four years at liberty, and then the same as before the act, he was recognized as insane and sent to a psychiatric hospital, where he stayed 35 years until his death.
During the first ten years of stay in a psychiatric hospital Adolf was aggressive because of the hallucinations, so he was kept separate from other patients.
Several years passed, and Adolf unexpectedly began to draw on scraps of paper. Eventually, he got the opportunity to be creative in more appropriate conditions, he even provided a private room.
Adolf Wolfli began to write his autobiography more than 25 000 pages, containing 3000 illustrations. By the end of the life of the author, the text consisted of 45 volumes, and the contents included drawings, poems, texts, notes.