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The bipolar artist

Not since the Renaissance has a genius practised two artistic forms with equal brilliance, except Strindberg, whose paintings are as original as the plays

By Kevin Jackson   March 2005

Clint Eastwood plays a mean jazz piano and has scored several of his own movies; Wittgenstein designed a beautifully clean-limbed house in Vienna for his sister; George Bernard Shaw was a keen photographer, as was Samuel Butler, who also drew, painted and wrote Handelesque oratorios; Anthony Burgess composed symphonies, fugues and a ballet suite; James Joyce once hoped for a career as a tenor; Kafka scribbled haunting figurines; Picasso wrote plays; Gershwin painted portraits; Madonna has written a children’s book and Roger Scruton is said to have composed an opera.

There are, in short, legions of famous creative people who…

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