August Natterer (1868-1933), "Miracle Shepherd II" "At 38 [Natterer] began to suffer from increasing restlessness, insomnia and fatigue. His suffering soon culminated in a psychotic attack in which the whole world was explained to him in the space of half an hour via 15,000 pictures. It was this material which he tried to retain to in his works, which were created during his 26 years in psychiatric institution. He died in 1933."
Paul Duhem finally resumed the life of a farmhand, but the war and prison years had taken a toll on his mentalstability. Diagnosed as schizophrenic, he was admitted to a mental institution in 1977. Because of his years as a farm worker, Duhem was given assignments as a gardener and groundskeeper at the institution.
Born in 1862, John Gilmour grew up in Glasgow, Scotland. Gilmour ended his working days in New York City as a department head at a sugar brokerage firm. He died in July 1931. Sandwiched between years in the worlds of family and business, John Gilmour spent over ten years in various mental institutions. Gilmour’s drawings are among the many art works created by Crichton patients. Raw Vision.
CHARLES STEFFEN (1927-1995) | He studied drawing, art history, and photography at the Illinois Institute of Technology in the late 1940s. Around 1950, while still in school, he suffered a mental breakdown and spent the next fifteen years at Elgin State Hospital undergoing treatments and electroshock therapy for schizophrenia. He continued to make art while institutionalized.