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The work of Louis Wain, who lived between 1860 and 1939, is frequently  held up as an example of the progression of schizophrenia, and the  effects of the disorder on the perceptions of an artist.
As Wain’s condition worsened, so his pictures of cats became more  abstract until, towards the end of his life, they were barely  recognisable as cats at all, instead becoming intricately detailed,  fractal shapes full of unnaturally (at least for a cat) bright colours.  The foreknowledge that they are images of felines allows the viewer to  pick up on certain shapes – the pointy triangular ears and some features  of the face – but without it, you would be hard-pressed to realise  these are cats.

The work of Louis Wain, who lived between 1860 and 1939, is frequently held up as an example of the progression of schizophrenia, and the effects of the disorder on the perceptions of an artist.

As Wain’s condition worsened, so his pictures of cats became more abstract until, towards the end of his life, they were barely recognisable as cats at all, instead becoming intricately detailed, fractal shapes full of unnaturally (at least for a cat) bright colours. The foreknowledge that they are images of felines allows the viewer to pick up on certain shapes – the pointy triangular ears and some features of the face – but without it, you would be hard-pressed to realise these are cats.



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