Speaking of genius artists and their contradictory lives, suddenly reminds me of Jan Vermeer. Vermeer was known for his pictures of persons, mostly women in solitary situation. He often depicts a woman alone and absorbs in what she is doing. Looking at his paintings feel so serene, so peaceful, so calm. I think he really knew what solitary meant, as if he understood the joy of being alone without having to feel lonely. And yet he had 11 children! Eleven! What a chaotic household he must have had! What noise! Well maybe it was the reason he painted serenity so beautifully.
A Lady at a Virginal with a Gentleman (1663)
Woman Holding a Balance (1662)
Young Woman with a Water Jug (1661)