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Edvard Munch is an artist best known for a piece called The Scream, and he never seemed to hold back on exploring intense psychological themes in his work. His art was all about expressing things that happened to him and how he felt. He suffered from severe depression and after getting some help, the rest of his artwork seemed to lighten up and simplify, depicting landscapes. Maybe he did find hope after all.
British artist Tracey Emin is a modern British artist who also takes a fearless approach to turning pain into art. She creates installations that grab the eye, confront the mind and spark debate as they all depict difficult events from her life such as being raped at only 13, and suffering from depression. Whatever people think of it, it’s clearly therapeutic for her.
Lee Krasner, an American Expressionist painter, made multiple abstract paintings after her unfaithful husband died in a car crash. Looking at the pictures provokes a real mess of feelings — pain, jagged and sharp; confusion, smooth and weird; heartbreak in shadows and strange shapes; even sheer frightening exhilaration.
Henri Matisse was a paper mosaic artist who worked from a wheelchair with the help of an assistant. He didn’t let his loss of mobility hold him back from creating ways to experience the beauty around him. Even the layout of his garden was his own design!
One last example — Paul Klee, a German surrealist painter, poet, and philosopher. He suffered from scleroderma, a debilitating disease that affects the skin and organs. Despite this, he was a prolific creator and used sketching and painting as a way to keep going.