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Art and Images in Psychiatry
April 2013

Munch's Self-portrait Between Clock and Bed

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SECTION EDITOR: JAMES C. HARRIS, MD

JAMA Psychiatry. 2013;70(4):358-359. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2013.312

The second half of my life has been nothing but a struggle to keep myself upright. My path took me along the edge of an abyss, a bottomless pit. . . . Every so often I left the path and threw myself into the commotion of life, amongst people. But I always had to return to the path along the abyss. . . . My art was self-confession . . . in my case the fear of life is also a need. . . . Without [it] I would be a ship without a helmsman.—Edvard Munch1(p287)

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