Must one suffer in order to create great art? We have this romantic notion of the tortured artist.  Indeed, it is often claimed that the suicide of Pablo Picasso’s good friend Carlos Casagemas led the artist into one of his most productive eras of his career, the famed Blue Period.

But does suffering really inspire creativity? Our very own Professor Kathryn Graddy has run the numbers and the answer is no.

To read more, see

Professor Graddy’s working paper, or

There’s no need to suffer for your art , or

Sad but true: study finds depression does not inspire artists’ best work, or

Painters do not produce their best work when suffering emotional turmoil, research says


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