Can the work of Richard Dadd be seen to stand outside of the popular fantasies about art and madness?

David Maclagan, in his text The Art of Madness, discusses the myths surrounding madness and art. He claims that there are assumptions that many people make about artists in general, with the common idea that all those who create art tend to have some kind of psychotic tendency. The first idea that many hold regarding … Continue reading Can the work of Richard Dadd be seen to stand outside of the popular fantasies about art and madness?

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Chasseguet-Smirgel and the Relationship between Sublimation and Perversion in the Context of Artistic Creativity

There is, without a doubt, a strong relationship between sublimation and perversion, as Janine Chasseguet-Smirgel investigates in her book Creativity and Perversion (1984). ) However, sublimation is more strongly linked with intellectual curiosity and creativity, where energy is directed into more cultural activities. Perversion, on the other hand, is associated with aestheticism and idealisation. There … Continue reading Chasseguet-Smirgel and the Relationship between Sublimation and Perversion in the Context of Artistic Creativity

Gericault’s Monomaniac Portraits

¬†Although not strictly Outsider Art - I thought I would write a little bit about Gericault's series of Monomaniac portraits, as they provide some insight into the changing ways mental health problems were viewed in the nineteenth century.¬†Gericault's Monomaniac series once consisted of ten portraits of the mentally ill, however, only five have survived into … Continue reading Gericault’s Monomaniac Portraits