These famous artists struggled with mental illness

Several of history's creative geniuses have taken inspiration from their demons

Stars Insider

23/11/23 | StarsInsider


Art history and psychology intersect in a fascinating way when experts try to understand the impact mental illness has on creativity. Art can be used as a safe way to express pain and trauma in a therapeutic manner, and some of the greatest art in history has been born from immense suffering. The correlation between creativity and depression has long been acknowledged in the field of psychiatry, although mental illness is not a prerequisite for artistic genius.

That being said, many of history’s greatest artists have smeared the darkest corners of their minds onto canvas to create masterpieces that cause both horror and reverence. Click through the following gallery to see which famous artists struggled with mental illness, and how it impacted their work.

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