Poolman, Hans

Plokker’s peculiar analysis of the painting: “a lonely female figure, without a face, wandering helplessly and hesitatingly through a completely deserted street. Here too we are struck by the significant form, in spite of the mistakes in drawing (the head is too large, the arms are far too long, there are faults in perspective). The loneliness and sense of being lost of the sufferer from schizophrenia, his wandering through an empty and lifeless world, being thrown back completely on himself, without a voice and without an answer, these have been symbolized completely convincingly with a minimum of means. No description in words can portray the suffering of one who is mentally ill in such a succinct way.” Plokker, p.213.

The cover of Plokker’s book Artistic Self-Expression in Mental Disease, 1964.