Study Shows Depression Does Not Lead to Better Work by Artists

December 24th, 2015

A new study by economics professor Kathryn Graddy at Brandeis University has shown that depression does not actually result in an artist’s best work.  Looking at sales data and museum acquisition histories for 12,000 works executed between 1900 and 1920, Graddy noted that sales prices were notably lower for works that followed traumatic events or depression in an artist’s life.  “The concept of a ‘flow state’ that people enter when being very creative has gained acceptance by psychologists,” Graddy writes in her report, “death and bereavement can reduce creativity.” Read more at Art Newspaper