A study finds that the eccentricity of an artist affects how people perceive his or her work.
When it comes to artists, the crazier, the better. New research in the European Journal of Psychology suggests that people prefer certain artwork when they perceive the creator to be eccentric.
The study’s authors, two psychologists from the University of Limerick in Ireland and the University of Southampton in the U.K., note that artists have a long history of unconventional behavior, from Van Gogh’s ear-chopping incident to Lady Gaga’s…um, everything. Previous research has found links between madness and creativity, but this goes one step further, suggesting that if we already associate great art with the creator being a little crazy, then perhaps we might view craziness as a sign of great art.