The Strange, Juvenile Drawings of James Dean

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We all have a clear image of James Dean in our heads — troubled, sexy, feeling everything with intensity. But what was underneath all that youth and beauty? Eternal James Dean, which opens this week at the Indiana State Museum and runs though June 3rd, seeks to answer that question, exploring his work as an actor as well as his private passions and interests, including a penchant for drawing. Though his works are relatively amateurish, they allow us a little window into the mind of a legend — and to us, they reveal a strained soul with a slightly off-kilter sense of humor, just trying to get through the day. Click through to check out a sampling of James Dean’s drawings and paintings, and let us know what you think about them in the comments.

Image credit: James Dean. Spotted via Dangerous Minds.

Image credit: James Dean

Image credit: James Dean

Image credit: James Dean

Image credit: James Dean

Image credit: James Dean

Image credit: James Dean

Image credit: James Dean

Image credit: James Dean