Depression Awareness Week: 11 Artists Who Had Blue Periods

The Huffington Post UK  |  By Posted: 26/04/2012 13:11 Updated: 26/04/2012 15:38

The relationship between mental health and artistic creativity has long been a subject of debate.

From Picasso's 'blue period' to Tracey Emin's unmade bed, the manifestations of depression have been evident in the work of some of the most prominent and celebrated artists in history.

But then with one in five people in the UK suffering from depression at some time in their lives, it’s not surprising that some of the world's greatest painters, sculptors and illustrators have also been affected.

To coincide with Depression Awareness Week, here are 11 immense artistic talents who not only suffered from depression, but in some cases, found it steering their creativity.

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Pablo Picasso
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The Spanish painter and sculptor reportedly had clinical depression, causing him to have his 'blue period' between 1901 and 1904. Much of the work he produced during that time had a dominant blue theme, supposedly reflecting his personal melancholy. It also marked the transition of Picasso's art from classical to abstract.


To learn more about depression and find advice if you're a sufferer, visit the Depression Alliance.