Reflections: Illness and Healing. The Art of Robert Pope
- Duffin, Jacalyn
- Date of entry: Jan-24-1998
Canadian artist, Robert Pope (d.1992), devoted the last years of his short life to documenting his decade-long experience as a patient with Hodgkin's Disease. Shortly after his diagnosis he was influenced by the 1945 autobiographical novel of Elizabeth Smart, By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept. Pope's early work explored the interconnectedness and pain of individuals bound by an imperfect love, in Smart's case for a married man. After his disease went into remission, he began to paint the patient's perspective on illness, hospitals, visitors, family, and health-care providers in a series of images that suggest the lighting of de la Tour, the photographic immediacy of Doisneau, and the menacing surrealism of de Chirico. His book, Illness and Healing: Images of Cancer (1991), became a bestseller.
Essay includes 16 illustrations by Pope, 14 in colour; 3 photographs of Pope.
Robert Pope Foundation
Box 425, Hantsport, Nova Scotia B0P 1P0