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creative process in the lives of four notable artists

Analyze the creative process in the lives of four notable artists. What generalizations would you make about creativity and genius based on the information you have? Analyze the creative process in your own life - does your own experience with the creative process support your generalization(s)? Based on your knowledge, do you believe every creative act has an outcome? Is creativity a product or a process? Explain.

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Text below as well as att. Glad I could help - you will need to add in your own creative experience, I've left a couple of openings:

Creativity is the heart of artistry, modernization, technology, and the evolution of humanity. Without creativity, humans would remain hunter-gatherers, lack society as we define it, and be more at the mercy of the environment. There is no argument against creativity being an important aspect of contemporary r society, there is, however, a question whether creativity is spawned by psychological differences, some have even said mental disorder. An oft-quoted story about Albert Einstein says that although he envisioned ideas that changed humankind, he was considered retarded by his teachers. We see this same sort of bipolar personality when examining artists - Van Gogh, Beethoven, Leonard Bernstein, Tschaikowsky - all wonderfully creative, marvelously innovative, but torn by inner demons, often at the expense of their ability to interact well within societal structure (Nettle, 2000).
Stories abound about the eccentricities of creative people, from the mathematical genius of John Nash to the "nutty professor" archetype. However, madness is fluid, with many definitions and expressions, and for most '. . . creativity must go beyond the bounds of what already is known or deductible by reason . . . '("Are Creativity and Mental Illness Linked," n.d.). It is creativity that is the soul of the inventor, painter or poet. Creativity is not equal among most people and in fact is hindered by ' . . . self censorship, that inner voice of judgment that confines our creative spirit within the boundaries of what we deem acceptable.'(Kaufman, 1992). Indeed, as we examine our artistic examples, we will see that there is a combination and correlation with both the "ahha" moment of inspiration, and the elusiveness of something creative and new when one pushes.
Vincent Van Gogh, for instance, is famous in artistic myth for cutting off his ear in depression, but even more, here was an extremely talented painter, who lived with a prostitute, contracted gonorrhea, and almost tossed his entire family and patrons ...

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Analyze the creative process in the lives of four notable artists.