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Year : 2000  |  Volume : 42  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 133-141

Asylums and Artists

Superintendent (Retd), Institute of Mental Health, Chennai, India

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Relationship between genius and mental illness has always been an issue of interest and controversy. Creative people in arts have been more prone to mental illness as compared to the men of science. Asylums of yesteryears in England, France and Spain have had eminent artists such as Hogarth, Dadd, Van Gough and Goya either as residents or as records of the scenes in those hospitals. These relationships, the paintings of the places and the artists are discussed.



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