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Artist With Alzheimer's Draws Final Heartbreaking Self-Portraits

He was a successful American artist living in London, England.

In 1995, at 61 years old, William Utermohlen received the most devastating diagnosis: he had Alzheimer's disease. There is no known cure for this terrible neurodegenerative disorder - it is the slow and often painful deterioration of the mind.

Rather than despair, Utermohlen resolved to keep a diary of the disease's progression in the form of self-portraits. He kept up his work until 2000 when he was admitted into a nursing home.

His last picture is a haunting testament to the devastation of this disease:









The entire series together

William Utermohlen passed away in 2007 at the age of 73.

Read more about him in The New York Times article here.

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