An artist's defense against the fear of loss of creativity toward the end of life.


A creative artist in his mid-sixties had a strong desire to own and carry with him a drawing by Picasso--a self-portrait done three days before his death. The drawing created a sense of calm in the patient, such as had never occurred before with the possession of an object. An apparent preoccupation with death might have obscured the primary concern of the… (More)


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