Art and madness by Jose Guimon

By Jose Guimon

Paintings and insanity deals a serious evaluation of present theories at the courting among creative creativity and the psychiatric disturbances which could prefer this creativity, the psychodynamic mechanisms proposed through psychoanalysts to provide an explanation for creativity, and the psychosociological elements that play a job in creativity

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Dictionaries in many languages describe it as either cheekiness, impertinence, insolence, boldness, cynicism, or as immorality, dishonesty, brazenness or immodesty. However, most dictionaries also accredit the noun with a number of positive connotations by relating it to audacity, 22 ART AND MADNESS daring and “having the nerve to” as an equivalent to surmounting cowardice and shyness. 14 Shameless attitudes can appear in the course of neuropsychiatric illnesses and specific perversions, under the form of disinhibition and exhibitionism.

Various authors, in fact, believe that Rose Mary Brown suffered from some kind of psychotic hallucinations. However, attributing such abilities to psychosis does not eliminate the almost magical character of the inspiration. A similar situation seems to have arisen in the cases of Camille Saint-Saëns and Felix Mendelssohn. Example 6. Camille Saint-Saëns The French composer Camille Saint-Saëns (Jourdain, 1987) started playing the piano when he was two-and-a-half years old, and was not only an accomplished composer, but skilled in all kinds of learning processes from the age of three.

There he met Carlo Carrà and a number of painters and poets from Ferrara, a town imbued with esoteric tradition. During this ANXIETY AND DEPERSONALIZATION 39 period, Carrà painted his first works on themes inspired by De Chirico. These were the official beginnings of metaphysical painting. After the war, De Chirico continued to live with his mother between Rome and Florence, and then married one of the lead dancers in Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Story. He went to Paris with his wife in the autumn of 1924, and began work on his autobiographical novel Hebdòmeros (1929).

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