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Art and Images in Psychiatry
April 2006

Self-Portrait After Spanish Flu

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Copyright 2006 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2006

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2006;63(4):354-355. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.63.4.354

For as long as I can remember I have suffered from a deep feeling of anxiety which I have tried to express in my art. Without anxiety and illness I would have been like a ship without a rudder.

Munch to his doctor and friend, K. E. Schreiner1(p22)

“Do you find it nauseating?” “What do you mean?” “Don't you recognize the smell?” “The smell?” “Yes, the odor of death—don’t you see I’m on the brink of rotting away?”