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Artist with Alzheimer's Draw self portraits for 5 years till he hardly remembered his own face. This is heart-touching.

Artist with Alzheimer's Draw self portraits for 5 years till he hardly remembered his own face. This is heart-touching.
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William Utermohlen, an artist learned in 1995 that he has Alzheimer. He decided to make painting of himself every year to understand how this disease will change him. These paintings are heart-breaking. From 1996 to 2000 he made a set of potraits which explains how his brain was being affected by the disease. The images shows the gradual decay of his art as his mind crippled. It's not known whether his art was getting bad or as he was portraying what he was thinking. Either way, it was heart-breaking for any artist to see his art declining. But, William didn't give up, he kept on making his painting. He died in 2007 fighting Alzheimer.
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This portrait was made by William when he was 27 years old. It describes how much talented artist he was.

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1996

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William's wife said "From the moment William was diagnosed, he began to try to understand it by painting himself," said his wife, Patricia Utermohlen, a professor of art history.

1997

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Every year William used to make his self-portrait and every year his art declined which also hurt him but he kept on working.

1997

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1998

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1999

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One of the last self portrait of William.

2000

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