Seeing a psychiatric patient sometimes requires venturing to an institution, knocking on locked gates, showing identification, and adjusting to another way, language, world. Our patient might have been committed to prevent harm to himself and others. Such a patient could have been Adolf Wölfli, one of the most extraordinary artists of this century.1,2
Ever since his work began to appear in the company of such masters as Paul Klee, Wölfli has awakened curiosity. Who was he? Where and how did he live? What was his school, his style? His psychiatrist, Dr Morgenthaler, had written a monograph in 1920,3 but the rest of the information was fragmentary. Now with this beautiful book, in which eminent scholars address Wölfli's disease, literature, music, and pictorial work, one can explore his world.