Elsa Ghossoub


Madness and artistic creativity have always been related to each other. Both Plato and Aristotle dwelt on this issue. This relation has been demonstrated in the case of many poets, thinkers and philosophers. Most of the outstanding artists suffered from some sort of psychic trouble and melancholy. This article analyses the paintings of renowned painters who were either mad or trying to represent madness in their work of art to exteriorize discomfort. Thus madness has become in the field of art a refuge for Man to let go.