Mrs. Schermerhorn (1941). Victor Karl Hammer (American, 1882-1967). Tempera on panel. The Wolfsonian–Florida International University.
Mrs. Elizabeth Ker Schermerhorn (American, 1908-1960) is seated; in her hands she is holding a prism and stalks of wheat; bust of a female head at left. Schermerhorn was a woman of privilege who became interested in psychology and studied with Carl Jung. She had her own theories about treating mental illness, and in 1942 she took a job at Rockland State Hospital as a Psychiatric Aide. She held a strong belief that there could be an integration of people with mental illness with people in so-called “normal society.”