Some of the most treasured work of art have come from the hands and minds of artists who have experienced significant psychological and/or physical illnesses. Sonia Halpern leads you on an exploration of the effects of these illnesses and how they have contributed to the legacies of Vincent van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec, Edvard Munch, Frida Kahlo and Canadian Maud Lewis.


  • Artistic styles of various artists
  • How physical and mental illness can affect the lives and artistic production of various artists
  • How issues of gender play a role in the perception of artists and their illnesses

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There are no prerequisites required.

This is an interactive course, which includes lectures, observing images of art and discussion. Please come prepared to share your opinions and perspectives with the class.


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