Art of the Insane

In early 1946, the St. Anne Insane Asylum in Paris exhibited some of the art work of its inmates. Collecting the art of people identified as insane seems to have been a trend at the time. See, for instance, the book of "Poetry of the Insane," published in 1933, that I posted about back in Feb 2013.

The Associated Press caption on the top picture notes, "The writing is a miscellany of seemingly unconnected Gibberish, with no apparent relationship to the drawing."

     Posted By: Alex - Fri Mar 21, 2014
     Category: Art | 1940s | Mental Health and Insanity

In Baltimore there is a museum dedicated to "Outsider/Visionary" art! :lol: :coolsmile:
Posted by Tyrusguy on 03/21/14 at 10:17 AM
Two words: "Salvador Dali".
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 03/21/14 at 10:36 AM
Many of the artists we have labelled as "great" had a skewed view on the world - Van Gogh, Bosch, Picasso, Matisse, Escher, etc. And yet, the way I see it, the work of the afflicted artists in this exhibition are very much in the same vein. Some distortion involved in their outlook but truly recognizable caricatures of the world around them.
Posted by KDP on 03/21/14 at 11:14 AM
Artists see the world differently, crazy people see the world waaay differently. So there's a line there somewhere I suppose.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 03/21/14 at 06:58 PM
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