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5 Melancholy Self-Portraits From An Artist With Alzheimer's

Even the most insidious disease can breed a kind of beauty. Over the course of five years, artist William Utermohlen chronicled his decline via the only medium he knew how.

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3. "Yellow and Green" - 1998

Courtesy of Galerie Beckel Odille Boïcos, Paris

Two years later, Utermohlen draws his world as shrinking. He peers out as if trapped behind prison bars.

5. "Head I" - 2000

Courtesy of Galerie Beckel Odille Boïcos, Paris

One of the last images ever drawn by Utermohlen.

He would live for another seven years before passing away on March 21st, 2007.

You can read all about his life and work on his website.

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