Beyond Reason: Art and Psychosis

I have been reading this book and found some interesting art created by patients in Mental Institutes/Hospitals which were recorded by Hans Prinzhorn – a German psychiatrist and art historian.

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Arthur F.Beckers’ beautiful, soft pencil drawings, depicting what seems to be dreams or visions:
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Joseph Heinrich Grebings’ repetitive text piece that seems indistinguishable and neurotic in sense of the text over and over. He was diagnosed with ‘dementia praecox’ which is the old word used medically for the illness Schizophrenia.

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Emma Hauck, also with Schizophrenia, wrote these repetitive scribbled text in an effort to write to her husband. I find them sad yet moving, also clearly showing the illness in her in the way the way the text overlaps and is unrecognisable in meaning.

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