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Artistry of the Mentally Ill: A Contribution to the Psychology and Psychopathology of Configuration

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One of the original attempts to analyze the artistic work of the mentally ill, Prinzhorn's collection of drawings, paintings, and sculptures helps to define an area encompassing psychiatry and art, illness and self-expression. Where other collections are only the products of psychotherapeutic case studies, this heavily illustrated, classic analysis stands in valuable contr ...more
274 pages
Published November 3rd 1972 by Springer (first published January 1st 1922)
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Dec 26, 2007 rated it really liked it
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This is the earliest of the bks on this subject that I know of (but not the 1st I read). It's worth it for the material on Heinrich Welz alone! In a world supersaturated w/ the work of businessmen like Andy Warhol, it's fantastic to be able to have access to images & ideas from people whose marginality wd ordinarily push them to the garbage-heap-of-humanity-a-go-go. ...more
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Apr 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely essential work for any artist. Chances are if you are looking for this book you already know about it, if you find a copy, then it was meant for you.
Samuel
This was one of the first books ever published on the art of people suffering from severe mental illness, and probably the first one to try to look systematically at this field of study. It's worth its weight in gold for the heart of the text, the biographical sketches and artist studies of the ten "schizophrenic masters," whose art remains compelling and haunting. (August Natterer remains my favorite, but they're all worth engaging with.)

The first and third parts of the book, dealing with the r
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1922 study of 5,000 works by 450 patients in Heidelberg.
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