Tortured artist

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Vincent van Gogh, Self-portrait with Bandaged Ear, Easel and Japanese Print, January 1889. Van Gogh, who struggled with poverty and mental illness for most of his life, is regarded as a famous example of the tortured artist.

A tortured artist is a stock character and real-life stereotype who is in constant torment due to frustrations with art, other people, or the world in general.

Background[edit]

The trope of the tortured artist seems to have been started by Plato.[1]

Creativity and mental illness have been connected over time. Some mental disorders, such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, have helped popular artists with their works.[1][2] One of the most known tortured artists is Vincent Van Gogh, who suffered from psychosis.[citation needed]


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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Scientists: The 'Tortured Artist' Is a Real Thing". www.mentalfloss.com. 2015-06-09. Retrieved 2020-03-18.
  2. ^ S4 E22: The Myth of the Tortured Artist | The Art Assignment, 2016-11-02, retrieved 2020-03-18

Further reading[edit]

  • Redfield Jamison, Kay (1996). Touched With Fire. New York: Free Press. ISBN 068483183X. – looks at the relationship between bipolar disorder and artistic creativity. It contains a number of case histories of dead people who are described as probably having suffered from bipolar disorder.