1. FRIDA KAHLO – surgical brace for spine
Frida movie, 2002 // Frida Kahlo’s La Columna Rota (The Broken Column)
Kahlo wore a surgical brace that was necessary after a bus accident.
2. FRANCISCO DE GOYA – deafness
Goya self portrait ca. 1795 // Francisco de Goya’s Volavérunt (1999)
Goya experienced gradual deafness due to suffering from Syphilis since childhood.
3. SIR JOSHUA REYNOLDS – deafness
Shirley Temple as Joshua Reynold’s Blue Boy // Self-Portrait as a Deaf Man, circa 1775
Reynolds experienced deafness in later years of his life.
4. PAUL KLEE – scheleroderma
Paul Klee, 1929, Foto: Josef Albers, Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, Schenkung Familie Klee© The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation / 2012, ProLitteris, Zurich // Paul Klee’s Ancient Sound, 1925
Klee suffered from progressive scheleroderma, an autoimmune disease.
5. EDGAR DEGAS – retinal eye disease
Edgar Degas painting compilation from National Gallery of Art // Edgar Degas
Degas suffered a retinal eye disease and went nearly blind.
6. GEORGE INNESS – epilepsy
George Inness // Christmas Eve or Winter Moonlight, 1866
Inness suffered from epilepsy.
7. JEAN-ANTOINE WATTEAU – tuberculosis
Pierrot, formerly known as Gilles, c. 1718-19 // Watteau self-portrait
Watteau suffered from Tuberculosis and was “sickly and physically fragile since childhood” (source: jean-antoine-watteau.org/biography).
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