Is Mental Illness A Common Theme? Essay

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Is mental illness a common theme in successful artists? Many artists in the twentieth century suffered from mental illness, but went undiagnosed because there was not as extensive research there is nowadays. Some artists that have been suspected of having a mental illness are Marina Abramovic, Edvard Munch, Jackson Pollock, and Vincent Van Gogh. Those suffering from mental illness think very differently than those without. This could be the reasoning for why these artists have created works that are so unique from others at the time and have been deemed as masterpieces. Also forming art could have been their only way in dealing with the struggles of their life. It was a form of release. It was a way for them to reflect on their past, and to be able to move forward with their lives. Artists with mental illness are lucky to have found a niche in a therapeutic way, as now in the twenty-first century the market for art therapy has grown immensely. People now understand they are able to express their problems in a different form, not only a verbal conversation with a therapist. Van Gogh was never formally diagnosed, but in creating art, it helped to relax his mind and to find a sense of peace. From being able to understand Van Gogh’s ‘Almond Blossoms’, his life, and how the Van Gogh Museum portrays this image one is able to validate why this artwork is a masterpiece.

A formal visual analysis of ‘Almond Blossoms’ will give information to the viewer, besides one’s visual…

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