Artistry of the Mentally Ill  

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Artistry of the Mentally Ill (1922, German: Bildnerei der Geisteskranken) is a book by psychiatrist Hans Prinzhorn. It is known as the work that launched the field of outsider art. It was the first attempt to analyze the drawings of the mentally ill not merely psychologically, but also aesthetically.

In the book, Prinzhorn presents the works of ten "schizophrenic masters" from the Heidelberg collection, with in-depth aesthetic analysis of each and also full-color reproductions of their work. These ten masters were:

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  • Hans Prinzhorn, Artistry of the mentally ill: a contribution to the psychology and psychopathology of configuration, translated by Eric von Brockdorff from the second German edition, with an introduction by James L. Foy, (Wien, New York: Springer-Verlag), 1972. ISBN 3-540-05508-8.

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