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Mystery painting

Original painting

Copy of painting by person with mental disorder (large version)

The Story

  • 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.

    1 comment December 3rd, 2006


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