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3 Famous Artists Plagued by Mental Illnesses

Be it in any form, art and their respective artists are generally clubbed together with a perturbed sense of reality. It is like they perceive reality as it is in a distorted representation and their art helps them break this sense of gloom. Artists plagued by such thoughts of mania and dred have often resorted to their art, even though in many instances, their art alone has led them to indulge further into their obsessive mania. 

History has been a clear indication to how we have seen such incidents take place and artists leading to create pieces of incredible art, in many ways depicting what they are going through. Today we shall indulge into the lives of a few of such artists who painted their sorrows away to create masterpieces to be cherished. 

Vincent Van Gogh

No one in the world of art is as well known as Vincent Van Gogh when it comes to defining a life of misery leading to eventual artistic greatness. His lucid, thought provoking and emotionally filled canvases are a testament to how he literally poured his heart out. His works of flowy colors and sentiment driven art are so influential in modern times, making him one of art’s most recognisable figures. 

Van Gogh was a very troubled individual, susceptible to depression and epileptic seizures. Though absinthe could have played a significant factor in the latter, he used to have manic outbursts of intense creativity and positivity. It were these outbursts which would lead him to work and work unlike any other. 

In a most unfortunate manner, his remarkable genius was lost at the age of 37, after battling, what later came to be limelight as, borderline personality disorder, anxiety-depressive disorder with episodes of depression and hypomania, and also paranoid schizophrenia, are what could have been many psychological illnesses that Van Gogh was fighting. 

Edvard Munch

Known for his iconic image of alienation from the rest of the world “The Scream”, Edvard Munch is more often than not remembered as one of the masters of the avant-garde. As years progressed, Munch was slowly being devoured by an ever approaching insanity that he would often describe as sitting right next to him. He felt as though his being was infected by a personified sense of madness, which he could not let go of. 

He would often mention how he felt death knocking on his door and was haunted by nightmares and visions of the macabre, which did influence his style of art and paintings eventually. Even though his work got back to where it was prior to his fall into madness after a lengthy period of psychiatric therapy, he had a stretch of intense anxiety and hallucinations. Today anxiety can be managed by CBD and Delta – 8 as well. Delta – 8 edibles are the easiest way to start your journey on the same.

Agnes Martin

She was one of the very few women who made their mark in a very dominantly occupied male painters. Her indulgence in abstract art is often seen as her attempt to capture the world’s attention to her art. She had a very distinctive style of working in vertical and horizontal line compositions. In the latter part of her painting career, she progressed towards pastel colors and eastern philosophies as compared to her predominant use of black whites and brown hues earlier. 

She was diagnosed with schizophrenia and was hospitalised every now and then. Her art was reflective of how she viewed the world, behind the lines of moral sanity. The lines acting as grids and panels which obscured her from the actual world outside her mind. She would often describe her art as not what the eyes could see, rather what her mind had known. A statement teeming with a resounding sense of her awareness of the condition that haunted her.