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Artist draws 9 portraits while on LSD 1950s research experiment

By Emilita, Dec 19, 2017 | | |
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  1. Emilita
    During the 1950s, a researcher gave an artist two 50-microgram doses of LSD (each dose separated by about an hour), and then the artist was encouraged to draw pictures of the doctor who administered the drugs. Nine portraits were drawn over the space of eight hours. We still don't know the identity of the artist. But it's surmised that the researcher was Oscar Janiger, a University of California-Irvine psychiatrist known for his work on LSD.

    The web site Live Science has Andrew Sewell, a Yale Psychiatry professor (until his recent death), on record saying: “I believe the pictures are from an experiment conducted by the psychiatrist Oscar Janiger starting in 1954 and continuing for seven years, during which time he gave LSD to over 100 professional artists and measured its effects on their artistic output and creative ability. Over 250 drawings and paintings were produced." The goal, of course, was to investigate what happens to subjects under the influence of psychedelic drugs. During the experiment, the artist explained how he felt as he worked on each sketch. You can watch how things unfolded below (or above):

    20 Minutes After First Dose. Artist Claims to Feel Normal
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    85 Minutes After First Dose: Artist Says "I can see you clearly. I'm having a little trouble controlling this pencil."

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    2 hours 30 minutes after first dose. "I feel as if my consciousness is situated in the part of my body that's now active - my hand, my elbow... my tongue."

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    2 hours 32 minutes: 'I'm trying another drawing... The outline of my hand is going weird too. It's not a very good drawing is it?"

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    2 hours 35 minutes: Patient follows quickly with another drawing. 'I'll do a drawing in one flourish... without stopping... one line, no break!"

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    2 hours 45 minutes: Agitated patient says "I am... everything is... changed... they're calling... your face... interwoven... who is..." He changes medium to Tempera.

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    4 hours 25 minutes: After taking a break, the patient changes to pen and water color. "This will be the best drawing, like the first one, only better."

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    5 hours 45 minutes. "I think it's starting to wear off. This pencil is mighty hard to hold." (He is holding a crayon).

    8 hours later: The intoxication has worn off. Patient offers up a final drawing.

    Original Source

    Written by: Dan Coleman, Oct 16, 2013, Open Culture

Recent User Reviews

  1. Michael D. worsham
    "Feel sorry for this guy !"
    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Jan 16, 2018 at 5:25 PM
    I can feel the artistist sense of having his mind bent out of shape!...Makes me feel sad for him...hope he regained his mind!!Some don't...Poven fact...I never fully recovered from an intense trip i took in my twenties...Hard to stay connected or interested and invested in this existence much of the time!
  2. EliWhitney
    "Brilliant!"
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Dec 27, 2017
    There's such a profound simplicity in the artists' choice of words that intertwines with describing the confines of life itself! Lol! "I can see you so clearly" and "I'm having a little trouble controlling this pencil". Lol. I have the same issue with my mind.
    Emilita likes this.
  3. TheBigBadWolf
    "very good find"
    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Dec 21, 2017
    things this member has actually has experienced similarily but never made notes of..

    It's a piece of the things that law has taken people from experiencing.
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Comments

  1. Somewhere in the middle
    "The web site Live Science has Andrew Sewell, a Yale Psychiatry professor (until his recent death), on record saying: “I believe the pictures are from an experiment conducted by the psychiatrist Oscar Janiger starting in 1954 and continuing for seven years, during which time he gave LSD to over 100 professional artists and measured its effects on their artistic output and creative ability."

    Now I'm confused... :confused:
  2. Emilita

    This is referencing the article, it is based on one instance of an artist being given LSD and the artwork that is created after ingestion.

    Oscar Janiger research LSD through experiments through late 1950's till mid 1960's (This is just one example).
    1. Somewhere in the middle
      As I said... I may have been confused. ;)
  3. Moped
    The second from last one is actually quite good considering how bad the pics were becoming, maybe he had a moment of clarity and the creative effect of LSD helped him create a surreal master piece ( in comparison to the others). You can see many different images on the pic and not really tell what it is but it has been well thought through and the shading is good. I'm no artist just my opinion
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