Title

The first Australian painting of schizophrenia by Ivor Francis

RIS ID

91150

Publication Details

Kaplan, R. (2014). The first Australian painting of schizophrenia by Ivor Francis. Australasian Psychiatry, 22 (3), 300-303.

Abstract

Objective: This article examines the 1943 surrealistic painting Schizophrenia by Ivor Francis, the first major Australian art work depicting a mental disorder. Francis was influenced by Max Harris who encouraged him to read works on surrealism and psychoanalysis, but took his ideas from the book on schizophrenia by the radical Melbourne psychiatrist, Reg Ellery. Conclusion: Ivor Francis produced a riveting painting that stands as an enduring visual beacon in the cultural history of Antipodean psychiatry.

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Link to publisher version (DOI)

http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1039856214531631