BEYOND REASON: ART AND PSYCHOSIS--from the Prinzhorn Collection, by Brand-Claussen, et al - 1996


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Beyond Reason: Art and Psychosis

Works from the Prinzhorn Collection

by Bettina Brand-Claussen, Inge Jadi, Caroline Douglas

In the early 1920s, the German art historian and psychiatrist, Hans Prinzhorn, amassed a remarkable collection of some 5000 paintings, drawings, manuscripts, objects, and collages made by the patients of psychiatric hospitals throughout much of Europe. His interest, unique at the time, lay as much in their value as art as in their importance for the study of mental illness. Works from his collection were viewed at the time in relation to early Expressionist art, and later became a source of inspiration to many artists of the avant-garde, including Jean Dubuffet, Max Ernst and the Surrealists. Arranged by patients with information pertaining to the institution, case number and diagnosis. This collection could be described as early German expressionists from pre-WW2. According to the essay, many are from the Heidelberg Psychiatric clinic.  188 pages plus a list of works. 9" by 11.25". 

Published by University of California Press. Berkeley, California. 1996. 

Softback is overall in VERY GOOD++ condition.

  • ISBN: 0520217403
  • Illustrated wraps exhibit light scuffing and edgewear. 
  • Corners are bumped. 
  • Spine has lettering and exhibits bumped ends. 
  • Binding is tight.                                        
  • Half title bears a signature and date in ink. 
  • Interior exhibits mild creases to the upper right corners. 
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks. 
  • Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
  • JS20180319

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Binding: Softcover Wraps
Original/Facsimile: Original
Special Attributes: Illustrated
Region: North America
Language: English
Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
Subject: Art & Photography
Topic: Fine Arts: Collections
Publisher: University of California Press
Place of Publication: Berkeley California
Year Printed: 1996
Author: Brand-Claussen Jadi Douglas
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