Braque and Kokoschka: Brain Tissue Injury and Preservation of Artistic Skill
AbstractThe neural underpinning of art creation can be gleaned following brain injury in professional artists. Any alteration to their artistic productivity, creativity, skills, talent, and genre can help understand the neural underpinning of art expression. Here, two world-renown and influential artists who sustained brain injury in World War I are the focus, namely the French artist Georges Braque and the Austrian artist Oskar Kokoschka. Braque is particularly associated with Cubism, and Kokoschka with Expressionism. Before enlisting, they were already well-known and highly regarded. Both were wounded in the battlefield where they lost consciousness and treated in European hospitals. Braque’s injury was in the left hemisphere while Kokoschka’s was in the right hemisphere. After the injury, Braque did not paint again for nearly a whole year while Kokoschka commenced his artistic works when still undergoing hospital treatment. Their post-injury art retained the same genre as their pre-injury period, and their artistic skills, talent, creativity, and productivity remained unchanged. The quality of their post-injury artworks remained highly regarded and influential. These neurological cases suggest widely distributed and diffuse neural control by the brain in the creation of art. View Full-Text
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Zaidel, D.W. Braque and Kokoschka: Brain Tissue Injury and Preservation of Artistic Skill. Behav. Sci. 2017, 7, 56.
Zaidel DW. Braque and Kokoschka: Brain Tissue Injury and Preservation of Artistic Skill. Behavioral Sciences. 2017; 7(3):56.Chicago/Turabian Style
Zaidel, D. W. 2017. "Braque and Kokoschka: Brain Tissue Injury and Preservation of Artistic Skill." Behav. Sci. 7, no. 3: 56.
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