Hektoen International

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Tag: Gertrude Abercrombie

  • Gertrude Abercrombie: surrealist predilection and pancreatic affliction

    Sally MetzlerChicago, Illinois, United States Chronic pancreatitis, longstanding inflammation of the pancreas, is most commonly caused by an excessive intake of alcohol.1 This was the case of Gertrude Abercrombie, who painted this cryptic, pseudo-surrealistic painting, Letter to Karl. Though born in the United States, early on she lived abroad, when her opera singer parents moved…