Ronald David Laing, 1927 - 1989. Psychiatrist (1984)
About this artwork
This man is deep in thought. A crystal, an icon, a metronome and a woman's picture sit on a shelf behind him. Laing was a psychiatrist, turned psychoanalyst, who wrote a study on sanity and madness in 1960 called The Divided Self. The book became cult reading, its author, a cult figure. Laing experimented with psychedelic drugs, spent a year in a Sri Lankan Buddhist monastery and campaigned to create compassionate environments for the mentally ill in the West.
- title: Ronald David Laing, 1927 - 1989. Psychiatrist
- accession number: PG 2616
- artist: Victoria CroweScottish (born 1945)
- depicted: Ronald David Laing
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Painting
- subject: Medicine and science Writing and literature
- date created: 1984
- measurements: 91.40 x 71.10 cm (framed: 109.60 x 89.60 x 5.40 cm)
- credit line: Commissioned 1984
- copyright: © Victoria Crowe
- photographer: Antonia Reeve
Born in London, Crowe trained at the Kingston School of Art and the Royal College of Art. She moved to Scotland in 1968 and began teaching at Edinburgh College of Art. She is a painter of still life, interiors, landscapes and portraits, and works in oil and in watercolour. Visits to Italy, Madeira, Egypt and India have influenced her work, as has the death of her son - her work is often autobiographical. Several of her richly symbolic portraits are in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, where an exhibition of her work, A Shepherd's Life, was held in 2000.