Study Points to Early Signs of Dementia in Artist’s Works Who Were Later Diagnosed

December 29th, 2016

Willem de Kooning, Untitled XXV (1977), via Art ObservedA recent research study into the paintings of artists diagnosed with dementia notes that some symptoms of mental degeneration may be discernible in an artist’s brushstrokes.  The study looked at density and pattern repetition over the course of an artist’s career, finding diminished numbers of these patterns as artists like Willem de Kooning (who died after a battle with Alzheimer’s) as their work evolved.  “I don’t believe this will be a tool for diagnosis, but I do think it will trigger people to consider new directions for research into dementia,” says Alex Forsythe of the University of Liverpool.

Read more at The Guardian