Depression and the Spiritual in Modern Art: Homage to Miró

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Integrating perspectives from psychiatry, psychology, and art history, this unique book explores the relationship between depression and artistic creativity. Inspired by a 1993 symposium celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Joan Miro, who himself suffered severe bouts of depression throughout his life, if features famous works of modern art/abstract impressionism from various schools and regions around the world.

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Exploring the links between artistic creativity, spirituality, and melancholia or depression, this new book has been compiled and contributed to by leading international experts in psychiatry, psychology, and art history. Inspired by a symposium held in Barcelona to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Joan Miro, who himself suffered severe bouts of depression. It features famous works of modern art by Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Arshile Gorky, Robert Motherwell, Antoni Tapies, Eduardo Chillida and Miro himself. Contains over 50 full-colour pictures of famous work of art.

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Depression and the Spiritual in Modern Art Exploring the links between artistic creativity, spirituality and depression or manic-depressive illness, the contributors to this book include prominent international experts in psychiatry, psychology and art history, as well as two of Spain’s foremost artists. Inspired by a symposium held in Barcelona to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of the renowned Catalan artist Joan Miró, this book describes Miró’s tragic temperament, his struggles over his identity both as an artist and as a person, and his lifelong spiritual beliefs. Thought-provoking essays document the co-occurrence of mood disorders and creativity in artists and their families and the profound spiritual convictions held by many of the leading artists of the twentieth century. Also included are essays describing the spiritual strivings and high prevalence of depression in the Abstract Expressionists of the New York School. a group of artists who rose to prominence in the middle of this century. Profoundly influenced by Miró, their work stands as a lasting tribute to this great Catalan master. The book features works by artists such as Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Arshile Gorky, Robert Motherwell, Antoni Tàpies, Eduardo Chillida and Miró himself.

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