Elsa Grünewald with crayon in hand: “My brother Isaac paints too!”

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2012.10.25 – 2012.12.16

Elsa Grünewald was hospitalized for many years at Långbro mental hospital, where she painted and drew about 1000 colorful art works. These were donated to Mentalvårdsmuseet in Säter and compiled into an exhibition. The drawings are part of a tradition called outsider art; art created by people without artistic schooling, and often in psychiatric care.

Elsa Grünewald was born to a large Jewish family in Södermalm, Stockholm. They were quite poor, and were from time to time dependant on financial aid. At the beginning of the 1930s, she showed the first symptoms of psychological illness, and was later hospitalized at Långbro. She was treated with the methods of that time, which for Elsa meant insulin and electric chocks, well over 300. In 1949 she had a lobotomy, just a few years before psychoactive drugs hit the market.

During her stay at Långbro, she was encouraged to draw and paint, which she did frequently. The colorful drawings are reminiscent of her brother Isaac Grünewald’s famous art, but Elsa had her own touch. Many are portraits, some pure fantasy, but always very colorful and meticulously made.

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Walking through the exhibition

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