Art and madness by Jose Guimon

By Jose Guimon

Artwork and insanity bargains a serious overview of present theories at the dating among creative creativity and the psychiatric disturbances which may desire this creativity, the psychodynamic mechanisms proposed via psychoanalysts to give an explanation for creativity, and the psychosociological elements that play a job in creativity

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ANXIETY AND DEPERSONALIZATION 37 2. Depersonalization Many artists, especially plastic artists, have symptoms of estrangement from oneself (depersonalization) or of the surrounding space (derealisation) in relation to their creative process. It was the neuropsychiatrist and psychoanalyst Paul Schilder (Schilder, 1934) who provided the most complete description of this syndrome: Patients complain that they have no Ego, that they are automaton mechanisms, mere puppets; that what they do does not seem to be done by them, but rather it is done mechanically; that they no longer feel happiness or sadness, love or hatred; that they are devoid of feelings and have no hunger, thirst or any other bodily need; that they cannot imagine or remember.

He abandoned his previous style and began to produce realist mythological and historical paintings. ” We cannot but compare this odd aesthetic conversion with that suffered by Lautreamont at the end of his days, and that of Rimbaud, while still a young man, which induced him to give up poetry forever. Claudio Bruni, Giorgio’s friend and art dealer, considered, probably not erroneously, that this metamorphosis was caused by the painter’s psychological problems, which were then giving cause for concern.

Claudio Bruni, Giorgio’s friend and art dealer, considered, probably not erroneously, that this metamorphosis was caused by the painter’s psychological problems, which were then giving cause for concern. In 1916 André Breton was favorably impressed by The Child’s Brain, since he felt that De Chirico could become as great a literary milestone as Lautreamont, and so the two began writing to each other. Many other surrealist artists (Eluard, Ernst, Dalí, Magritte, Delvaux) acknowledged his influence, and in fact he became an aesthetic point of reference, to the extent that many of them looked at his work to pick up the strange atmosphere and find inspiration for their own work.

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