GENIOUS AND DISEASE

Who are genious people? Is genious a God gift that falls to only one person among thousands, or is it originally hidden inside each of us, and if circumstances are favourable, everybody can become a genious? No doubt that genious people considerably differ from ordinary or so called “normal” people. So, it follows that genious is anomaly, isn’t it? If so, does it mean that genious is a kind of illness? And where is the boundary between normality and illness, and between insanity and genious? On March 22, 2008, one of our new members, Iryna Rymar delivered a CTM speech with the title: “Genius and disease: a look through illness”. The speech was very interesting and unusual. Ira made a good research, presented facts and arguments related to the topic, she used visual aids perfectly, and, in the end, she made a psychologic analysis of impromptu paintings prepared by some of our members. According to the idea of Iryna’s speech, many genious painters suffered from mental and physical diseases, and their diseases affected their paintings. For example, Claude Monet suffered from cataracts formed on his both eyes, for which he underwent two surgeries in 1923. The paintings done while the cataracts affected his vision have a general reddish tone, which is characteristic of the vision of cataract victims. After his operations he even repainted some of these paintings, with bluer water lilies than before the operation. There has been much debate over the years as to the source of Vincent Van Gogh’s mental illness and its effect on his work. Thus, according to many theories, use of yellow color in his paintings was caused by his illness. Over 150 psychiatrists have attempted to label his illness, and some 30 different diagnoses have been suggested. Diagnoses which have been put forward include schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, syphilis, poisoning from swallowed paints, temporal lobe epilepsy and acute intermittent porphyria.

Olga Pogorelova, Art-Talkers TM Club

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