When I look at art, I notice that I feel the most attracted to psychological subjects or even mental illnesses. Maybe it's because you can not see a mental illness from the outside, in real life, so if you don't have a certain disorder yourself, it is difficult to understand what the person with the disorder is going through. Art helps you understand.
Everybody knows the famous painting 'The Scream', made by the Norwegian artist Edvard Munch in 1893. A journalist, named Arthur Lubow, described this painting as an icon of modern art, the Mona Lisa of our time. The painting is orginally called 'The Scream of Nature', and Munch described his inspiration as the following:
"One evening I was walking along a path, the city was on one side and the fjord below. I felt tired and ill. I stopped and looked out over the fjord—the sun was setting, and the clouds turning blood red. I sensed a scream passing through nature; it seemed to me that I heard the scream. I painted this picture, painted the clouds as actual blood. The color shrieked. This became The Scream."
The painting became a sort of symbol for anxiety, but every other anxiety-painting I found, has a whole different approach (which is a good thing, cause you cannot copy a master, ofcourse). Unfortunately, I don't know the artists name of the following paintings. If you do know any names, please let me know in the comments below, so I can put them underneath every picture. Thanks in advance!
The following paintings illustrate depression. the first few paintings look very similar, for in every painting the persons are in the same position.. It's a position that simply symbolizes a depression.
Shawn Coss made a series of illustrations to portray different kinds of mental illnesses. I think they are fantastic, but I have some mixed feelings about the scary way these people look.
I couldn't really choose which ones to show, so you can see a lot of them below:
What do you think of these kinds of paintings? Let me know in the comments below!
I am an aspiring visual artist, (screen)writer and filmmaker. On my blog I write about the process of improving my skills, about grabbing every chance I get to become more experienced and about learning from ups and downs. Besides that, I write about everything that inspires me, like film, photography, paintings and psychology.
P.S. I am not a native English speaker, so my English is far from excellent. Sorry for that.