Psychology of the Arts The Artist—Personality, Part 2 Mental Illness
Edvard Munch: “The Scream” 1893;Tempera on board. 83.5 x 66 cm A text from Munch's diary in 1892 relates to The Scream: I was walking along a path with two friendsthe sun was settingI felt a breath of melancholySuddenly the sky turned blood-redI stopped and leant against the railing,deathly tiredlooking out across flaming clouds that hunglike - blood and a sword over the deep blue fjord and townMy friends walked on - I stood there trembling with anxietyAnd I felt a great, infinite scream passthrough nature.
The Artist and Mental Illness • "From a part of the brain preternaturally elevated, but not diseased, the mind sometimes discovers not only unusual strengths and acuteness, but certain talents it never exhibited before. Talents for eloquence, poetry, music and painting, and uncommon ingenuity in several of the mechanical arts, are often evolved in this state of madness." --Benjamin Rush
Artists, Musicians, Writers • Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) • Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890) • Jackson Pollack (1912-1956) • Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) • Robert Schumann (1810-1856) • Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) • Sylvia Plath (1932-1963)
Jackson Pollack • “Lucifer”
Vincent van Gogh • “The Starry Night”
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) • “Guernica”