Schizophrenia, Aging and Art

by Jon Henshaw

Cornell University has an intriguing section of their website that looks at schizophrenia, aging and art. The site captures the art of William Kurelek during his early onset of schizophrenia.

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It also highlights Louis Wain, who experienced late onset of schizophrenia. One of the key features of Louis’ experience with schizophrenia involved the abstraction of his “cat” paintings. Over time, his depiction of cats became abstract — almost fractal — until they barely resembled cats at all.

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More art examples, references, and information on schizophrenia and art can be found at their Schizophrenia, Aging and Art website.

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This entry was posted on Thursday, February 23rd, 2006 at 8:03 am and is filed under Lifestyles, Arts and Crafts, Mental Health. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

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