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Alexey Kondratyevich Savrasov (1830-1897): the muse and the bottle.

Authors
  • Lerner, Vladimir
  • Witztum, Eliezer
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of medical biography
Publication Date
Feb 01, 2007
Volume
15
Issue
1
Pages
4–8
Identifiers
PMID: 17356723
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The Russian landscape painter Alexey Savrasov lived in the middle of the 19th century. He was overwhelmed with grief at the loss of several of his children and he used alcohol to blunt the pain and anguish. The effects of psychoactive substances and especially alcohol have been linked closely to creativity. His life story demonstrates the bitter relationship between the bottle and the muse. He became dependent on alcohol, his family broke up and he was fired from work, his creativity declined and his health deteriorated. At death, he was a lonely and a forgotten man and only two persons attended his funeral.

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