Lerner V., Witztum E. The artist, depression and moody landscape. American Journal of Psychiatry, 172:225-226, 2015; Academic Article uri icon


  • Isaak Levitan (1860–1900) was one of Russia's most influential landscape artists. He lived a very short life, only 40 years, but left more than 1000 paintings. He suffered from mood fluctuations, and died as a result of serious heart disease. After an introduction related to the issue of creativity and mental disorders, a short biography of Levitan's life is outlined, followed by some examples of his mood and behavior. A section on the mood's reflection in Levitan's professional work is followed by a description of his romantic loves and disappointments and his relationship with his contemporary Russian, the writer Anton Chekhov.

publication date

  • March 1, 2015