“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” ~Albert Einstein
The association between bipolar disorder and creativity first appeared in literature in the 1970s, but the idea of a link between “madness” and “genius” is much older, dating back at least to the time of Aristotle.
Some of the world’s greatest artists have been mentally ill – painters like Paterson Ewen, Emily Carr, Adolf Wölfi, Georgia O’Keefe, Henry Darger, William Kurelek, Vincent van Gogh, Lawren Harris and Tom Thomson; musicians including Mozart, Beethoven, Glenn Gould, Sinead O’Connor and Tchaikovsky; and writers like Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath and Leo Tolstoy. This list is only a sample of the artistic greats from our history that drew some of their energy and inspiration from their illness.
The imagination is one of the highest prerogatives of man. By this faculty he unites former images and ideas, independently of the will, and thus creates brilliant and novel results. ~Darwin