A man with Alzheimer’s drew himself for 5 years, the outcome is heartbreaking (15 photos)

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  • http://www.scnursinghomelaw.com/2015/04/articles/trial-themes/self-portraits/ Self-Portraits | South Carolina Nursing Home Blog

    […] William Utermohlen was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 1995. He was 61 years old. Before his diagnosis, Utermohlen was a successful artist. Though his legacy may be his paintings pre-1995, the work he did between 1995-2000 provides a poignant and distressing look at Alzheimer’s. After his diagnosis, Utermohlen began painting a self-portrait each year. Each portrait represents Utermohlen as he saw himself. The portraits ended in 2000 when Utermohlen went into a nursing home. The series begins with a straightforward portrait of Utermohlen but they quickly descend into portraits that are less clear, more abstract, and even the colors he paints with are darker. It’s a fascinating and distressing look into the mind of Alzheimer’s.  See full article at The Chive. […]

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