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IN Creative ON 21 Jul, 2015
You might assume the life of successful and popular personalities to be a bed of roses. But, the life history of these renowned artists says something different. These painters had a bitter life issues that led them to commit suicide. When they passed away, unfortunately, their sketches left unfinished.
These last incomplete masterpieces are full of their deep thoughts and emotions.
Gorky was one of the most influential American painters of the 20th century. His last painting Agony depicts his immense suffering during his last moments of life. In 1946, Gorky suffered a series of crisis that took him to depression. His studio burned down, had to undergo cancer treatment, his painting arm got paralyzed in a car accident and his wife left him. Gorky couldn't bear all these tragedies and hanged himself. He was 44 when he died.
Jean-Michel was a multitalented artist whose brilliant career was too short. His last figurative sketch Riding With Death portrays the man riding a skeletal creature. He had a heroin addiction and died of the overdose at just 27 in 1988.
The atmosphere where the zebra is standing looks mysterious. Far above, a parachute is descending, and the person hanging on it seems limp and lifeless. Zebra and Parachute is English painter Christopher's last painting. He created this oil paint on canvas in 1930. Christopher had opium addiction. In the same year, he suffered from paranoia. It was the month of August when he went to meet his mother and sister in Salisbury. He showed them his latest artworks and said goodbye to them. Right after that, he headed to the nearest railway station and jumped under a train. He was just 29 when he committed suicide.
French painter Nicolas is popular for his highly abstract landscape paintings. Nicolas was suffering from depression during last years of his life. La Concert was his largest and most ambitious creation. The painting was inspired by a concert he attended just a day before committing suicide. In 1955 at the age of 41, he jumped from the terrace of 11th storied studio building. In his suicide note, he wrote, "I have not the strength to complete my paintings."
Hollywood actor James Dean, who died in a car accident at just 24, was portrayed in the last painting of John Milton. But it was left incomplete when he committed suicide in 1957. Milton was one of the most talented painters of his generation. But his life was obsessed by depression and was alcohol addicted. His creations were often inspired by the suffering of a younger generation.
Mark Rothko created this painting of black and grey rectangle in 1970. After a divorce with his wife, Rothko suffered from a painful depression. His life was entirely dependent on alcohol and cigarettes. In 1970 after a month of painting Black and Grey, Rothko was found dead in his kitchen being covered with blood. He was 66 years when he committed suicide slicing his arms with a razor.
The last painting of French artist Constance Mayer's A Grief-Stricken Family was completed by her partner Pierre after her death. Pierre was a popular and talented artist at that time who was credited to help in most of the artworks of Mayer. He used to create the paintings and she used to complete it. So the career of Mayer was full of controversies as her name was associated with better known male artists. Actually Pierre had his own complete family with his wife and six children. So the relationship between him and Mayer was much talked and criticised at that time. In 1821, Mayer cut her own throat with Pierre's shaving razor.
Vincent covered the garden of painter Daubigny in his last work. The sketch was painted three times by him. In his active 10 years of career, Vincent created more than 2,100 artworks. In 1980, after years of anxiety and mental illness, Vincent gunned himself. He was 37 when he committed suicide. It is said that he died after two days of his gunshot.
Haynes was an English genre painter. An Interesting Paragraph is one of the best paintings from his collection. After months of illness, he committed suicide in 1904.
Edward Dayes is one of the popular painters who committed suicide. He committed suicide in 1804, but the reason remained unknown.
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