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5 Melancholy Self-Portraits From An Artist With Alzheimer's

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Even the most insidious disease can breed a kind of beauty. Over the course of five years, artist William Utermohlen chronicled his decline via the only medium he knew how.

"Blue Skies" - 1995

"Blue Skies" - 1995

The first self-portrait Utermohlen drew after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's.

Image by Courtesy of Galerie Beckel Odille Boïcos, Paris

"Red" - 1996

"Red" - 1996

Utermohlen seems to mourn his sense of self, a shadow of his former life.

Image by Courtesy of Galerie Beckel Odille Boïcos, Paris

"Yellow and Green" - 1998

"Yellow and Green" - 1998

Two years later, Utermohlen draws his world as shrinking. He peers out as if trapped behind prison bars.

Image by Courtesy of Galerie Beckel Odille Boïcos, Paris

"Erased Self-Portrait" - 1999

"Erased Self-Portrait" - 1999

With limited motor control it becomes difficult for Utermohlen to paint.

Image by Courtesy of Galerie Beckel Odille Boïcos, Paris


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