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Famous Artists with Bipolar Disorders

The following list is drawn from Kay Jamison's Touched With Fire; Manic-Depressive Ilness and the Artistic Temperament

In Appendix B: Writers, Artists, and Composers with Probable Cyclothymia, Major Depression, or Manic-Depressive Illness.

"This is meant to be an illustrative rather than a comprehensive list; for systematic studies, see text. Most of the writers, composers, and artists are American, British, European, Irish, or Russian; all are deceased . . . Many if not most of these writers, artists, and composers had other major problems as well, such as medical illnesses, alcoholism or drug addiction, or exceptionally difficult life circumstances. They are listed here as having suffered from a mood disorder because their mood symptoms predated their other conditions, because the nature and course of their mood and behavior symptoms were consistent with a diagnosis of an independently existing affective illness, and/or because their family histories of depression, manic-depressive illness, and suicide--coupled with their own symptoms--were sufficiently strong to warrant their inclusion."

    H = Asylum or psychiatric hospital
    S = Suicide
    SA = Suicide attempt

  • Ralph Barton (S)
  • Francesco Bassano (S)
  • Ralph Blakelock (H)
  • Francesco Borromini (S)
  • John Sell Cotman
  • Richard Dadd (H)
  • Edward Dayes (S)
  • Thomas Eakins
  • Paul Gauguin (SA)
  • Theodore Gericault
  • Hugo van der Goes
  • Vincent van Gogh (H, S)

    The Vincent Van Gogh Information Gallery - Online Forum has a reference to Pendulum Resources in their discussion on Van Gogh's illness.
  • Arshile Gorky (S)
  • Philip Guston (H)
  • Benjamin Haydon (S)
  • Carl Hill (H)
  • Ernst Josephson (H)
  • George Innes (SA)
  • Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (H, S)
  • Edwin Landseer (H)
  • Edward Lear
  • Wilhelm Lehmbruck (S)
  • John Martin
  • Charles Meryon (H)
  • Michelangelo Buonarroti
  • Adolphe Monticelli
  • Edvard Munch (H)
  • Jules Pascin (S)
  • Georgia O'Keeffe (H)
  • Raphaelle Peal (H)
  • Jackson Pollock (H)
  • George Romney
  • Dante Gabriel Rossetti (SA)
  • Mark Rothko (S)
  • Nicolas de Stael (S)
  • Pietro Testa (S)
  • Henry Tilson (S)
  • George Frederic Watts
  • Sir David Wilkie
  • Anders Zorn

Modified June 23, 2005

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