Artist's self portraits reflect progression of Alzheimer’s disease

American artist William Utermohlen (1933-2007) was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 1995. For the remaining five years of his life, he painted self-portraits which revealed the progression of the disease and its effects, as well as Mr. Utermohlen's heartbreaking, desperate attempts to understand what was happening to him.

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  1. It is beautiful, and rich and sad and complex. There's questions there for me (being almost entirely ignorant of this artist and his work) about stylistic choices versus ability.

    Oddly enough, the last few paintings are bringing to my mind the scene in the (2004) remake of Dawn of the Dead where the gun shop owner crosses over from life to unlife as he is writing a message to his friends across the way.

  2. (1933-2007) was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 1995. For the remaining five years of his life

    I feel bad quibbling about the detail that 1995 + 5 ≠ 2007.

  3. Really beautiful and heartbreaking.
    The quality of the latter one starts reminding me of Francis Bacon or Ralph Steadman...

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