Copy of painting by person with mental disorder (large version)
This was painted by a person with a rare and severe mental disorder. He was constantly seeing his own fantasies all around him. He also had a certain phobia (undisclosed).
His (the poster’s) psychiatry professor showed this painting in a lecture, and said there was one tell-tale sign in it that showed the painter’s insanity.
The professor didn’t say what that sign was, leaving the students to do the guesswork. The only clues he gave was, “don’t look for small details, look at the whole; if you figure out what the phobia was, you’ve got the answer; ask yourself what could have preceded this scene; think of what the place would look like with all the objects removed“.
Looking at the paintings, one thing I notice is, in the copy, most things are not in proportion to each other (size)… the buildings are too large, the horses/people too small… maybe this has a meaning?
Also, the copy is so dark.. instead of snow theres mostly bleak ice.. the horses are black, and the people seems malevolent.
December 3rd, 2006