HANS PRINZHORN ARTISTRY OF THE MENTALLY ILL PDF

In , he became assistant to Karl Wilmanns at the psychiatric hospital of the University of Heidelberg. With the war, the collection fell into neglect and was largely forgotten until the early s, when it was restored and catalogued. Looking at the works is fascinating and disturbing at the same time. Hans Prinzhorn was a self-dramatist, mainly interested in proving his aesthetic theory via the art of the patients.

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Prinzhorn's groundbreaking study, the first of its kind, gained much attention in avant-garde circles of the time, interesting artists such as Paul Klee, Max Ernst, and Jean Dubuffet. In the s, the latter went on to coin the term Art Brut Raw Art , which along with the related concept of Outsider Art, has continued to capture the public interest, to the point where it has today some might say ironically become a successful art marketing category in its own right.

Prinzhorn had a varied life. Born in Westphalia in , he became a student of philosophy and art history, before studying music in London.

After this he turned to medicine, training as a psychiatrist in It was at the Heidelberg Psychiatric Clinic that he began his pioneering work, not only through observation of patients but through analysis of their art production.

He built a collection too: over paintings, drawings, and carvings, gathered from various asylums in and around Heidelberg, mostly from patients diagnosed with schizophrenia. It was from this archive that Artistry of the Mentally Ill was constructed and Prinzhorn developed his theses.

He identified six basic drives that give rise to image making: an expressive urge, the urge to play, an ornamental urge, an ordering tendency, a tendency to imitate, and the need for symbols.

For Prinzhorn, image making is driven by our intense desire to leave traces:. The book caused ripples when it was published, not just in medicine but in the art world too. Against the grain, the book granted voice to the previously marginalised: those incarcerated, those deemed insane, those suffering under poverty, those untrained, those in the wrong type of institution.

Looking back, there is something ominous to the study. Prinzhorn identified a style that was to be named, over a decade later with the rise of National Socialism in Germany, as "degenerate" Entartete. Such works were seen as opposed to an "original type", to a mythical figure of Germanness, a normality of supposed strength, resolution, and health. Exhibitions, most notably in Munich in , were set up to name and exhibit these "degenerate" works.

The insane and the avant-garde were here equated, both equally pathologized. Millions of visitors flocked to the shows, and there followed the enforcement of policies of censorship, persecution, and oppression on a mass scale. This is not the only story though. To look at these images is to allow these voices to speak again, for the vast range of human emotion and experience, otherwise forgotten and buried by history, to be heard.

Explore our selection of fine art prints, all custom made to the highest standards, framed or unframed, and shipped to your door. Search The Public Domain Review. When we cover a piece of paper with doodles, when a child arranges colourful pebbles on his mud pie, or when we plant flowers in our gardens, one quality is common to all of these quite different activities, namely the enrichment of the outer world by the addition of perceptual elements.

Like the need for activity, it is a final, irreducible psychological fact — an urge in man not to be absorbed passively into his environment, but to impress on it traces of his existence beyond those of purposeful activity. Medium Images. Theme The 'Other' The Arts. Epoch 20th Century.

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Artistry of the Mentally Ill

Prinzhorn's groundbreaking study, the first of its kind, gained much attention in avant-garde circles of the time, interesting artists such as Paul Klee, Max Ernst, and Jean Dubuffet. In the s, the latter went on to coin the term Art Brut Raw Art , which along with the related concept of Outsider Art, has continued to capture the public interest, to the point where it has today some might say ironically become a successful art marketing category in its own right. Prinzhorn had a varied life. Born in Westphalia in , he became a student of philosophy and art history, before studying music in London. After this he turned to medicine, training as a psychiatrist in It was at the Heidelberg Psychiatric Clinic that he began his pioneering work, not only through observation of patients but through analysis of their art production. He built a collection too: over paintings, drawings, and carvings, gathered from various asylums in and around Heidelberg, mostly from patients diagnosed with schizophrenia.

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