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Old 04-07-2007, 06:29 PM   #27
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Originally Posted by brightpearl View Post
Louis Wain loved to paint cats. He painted these over a period of time during which he developed schizophrenia.
Amazing series, brightpearl! That reminds me of a series of self-portraits done by an artist named William Utermohlen. The paintings were printed in the NY Times a couple of months ago, and chronicled his slow onset of Alzheimer's disease. Some of the later portraits are horrifying, in my opinion, but they give a glimpse of the state of mind one experiences b/c of Alzheimer's. I've linked to them below - I believe they are on exposition right now...

In chronological order:

1967


(Untermohlen learned he had Alzheimer's disease in 1995)

1996


1996


1996


1997


1997


1998


1999


2000


According to the New York Times, "Alzheimer’s affects the right parietal lobe in particular, which is important for visualizing something internally and then putting it onto a canvas,” Dr. Miller said. “The art becomes more abstract, the images are blurrier and vague, more surrealistic. Sometimes there’s use of beautiful, subtle color.”

I find it fascinating. Terrifying, but fascinating.
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