A Man With Alzheimer’s Drew Several Self-Portraits Over 5 Years. The Last One Is Heartbreaking



William Utermohlen was a successful American artist living in London. In 1995, at the age of 61, he received a devastating diagnosis. He had Alzheimer’s disease, a neurodegenerative disorder with no known cure.

Following his diagnosis, Utermohlen began painting self portraits. He kept up the series throughout the disease’s progression, right up until he was admitted into a nursing home in 2000. His paintings show a heart-wrenching portrayal of what it is like to live with Alzheimer’s.

A self-portrait of William Utermohlen from 1967.

Imgur | William Utermohlen

1996

Imgur | William Utermohlen

1996

Imgur | William Utermohlen

1997

Imgur | William Utermohlen



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