D. (dalaruan) wrote,

madness maketh man - Richard Dadd (1817 - 1886)

He was an artist before he became a madman. 

Richard Dadd - Crazy Jane

A gifted young talent, member of the Royal Academy at the age of 20, winner of prizes for his draughtsmanship, with a formidable order book, known for his gentle manners.

During a Grand Tour to Europe and the Middle East the voices began to speak out in his head, and he underwent a dramatical change of personality with disturbing violent outbursts. After his return to London he murdered his father by command of the voices, fled to the continent, attempted to cut the throat of a fellow traveler and was finally arrested in Paris. In his flat in London many drawings where found, sketches of his friends with slashed throats.

He spent the rest of his life in madhouses. Most of his work emerged from this part of his life.

Richard Dadd - The Fairy Feller's Master-Stroke

But he was an artist before he became a madman.
Or was he mad his entire life? And how 'mad' was his art?
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