Famous Artists with Notorious Reputation
Artists describe themselves as free beings. They allow themselves to be creative and express their thoughts and ideas in any way that they desire. And even if they are faced with the harshest of critics, these people, in the name of art, will continue to do what they do best – add the color, style and aesthetics that the world needed the most. However, some artists tend to go overboard with their creative freedom and lifestyle that they had greatly influenced their reputation. Here’s a list of artists who may have to live with a bad name.
1. Jackson Pollock
Jackson Pollock was one of the most famous Expressionist artists of all time. However, he is also known as a hard-drinking and chain-smoking artist. With his volatile personality, Jackson Pollock has struggled with alcoholism for most of his life. In fact, he has to live in a barn and to isolate himself and fight off his natural inclination to drink too much.
2. Diego Rivera
Otherwise known as Frida Kahlo’s husband, Diego Rivera was a Mexican painter who is tagged as a notorious womanizer. He wasn’t that good-looking, but his charisma is enough to make women fall in love with him. This Mexican mural painter whose fresco works are still well celebrated up to this time has lived a tempestuous married life that inspired the story of the film ‘Frida’.
3. Andy Warhol
If admitting that you are gay taints your reputation, Andy Warhol tried his best to wield it with all his might. Call it unlucky to have been born in a time when being a homosexual is not yet a well-accepted idea. Even so, Warhol has successfully used whatever he was and all that he feels to make his works as celebrated as they have become. In his early years, Warhol submitted homoerotic drawings of male nudes, which were outwardly rejected by the fine art gallery because they were deemed too gay for their taste.
4. Pablo Picasso
Spanish painter Pablo Picasso was very affectionate with women, and two of the women he had a passionate relationship with he married. However, he became known for leaving his current wife in favor of a younger one. He tends to keep several mistresses as well. One of his youngest women he has had an affair with was Marie Therese Walter, a 17-year-old gal. He had a daughter with her but never married her. She succumbed to suicide four days after his death.
An Italian painter, Caravaggio is one of the most famous painters of Rome from 1600 to 1606. However, many historians describe him as an irascible and violent man. Having lived in an era where wars were common, he was classified as someone who is quick to draw his sword. He was an out-of-control, belligerent man who is very close to being a psychopath. One of his famous paintings is that of “David with the Head of Goliath”, which could be proof to his notorious personality.