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The artist and the patient

Another look at the doctor-patient relationship

Goals :

Recall the need to build a relationship of trust.

Emphasize the importance of patient care.

Promote doubt in the establishment of a diagnosis.

Encourage constant questioning.

Encourage the popularization of the medical subject.

Promote the medical vocation.

Cast (not exhaustive):

Claude Monet, Frédéric Bazille, Luke Fildes, Pablo Picasso, Frida Kahlo, Henri Matisse, Jacques-Louis David, Antonio Canova, Franz van Mieris, Gustav Klimt…


From 45 minutes to 1 hour


Doctors (all specialties)
Nursing staff

While the practice of contemporary medicine benefits more and more effectively from the use of new technologies, the human dimension of the relationship between caregivers and patients is more crucial than ever. To ensure that patients are cared for in optimal conditions, this relationship must be established in a climate of trust and empathy.

For centuries, painters, in their own way, have built a similar relationship with their models. A reciprocal but asymmetrical relationship, putting in scene a practitioner, holder of a knowledge and an expertise, and his interlocutor, subject observed and eager to be understood.

In both cases, the quality of this relationship, far from being anecdotal, is a decisive element in the representation of the model or in the care of the patient.

Without claiming to define an ideal of the doctor-patient relationship, the purpose of this conference is to observe the practices adopted by some great artists with regard to their models in order to reflect on the modalities of the exchange between the therapist and the patient.

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