Famous Artists Who Had Rheumatoid Arthritis

Artists Who Had Rheumatoid Arthritis

There are many famous artists in history who had Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), most notably Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Alexej von Jawlensky. Both represent a great example of successfully coping with RA in former times when treatment was extremely limited. In addition, these artists took advantage of creative disease management. We will discuss these two artists who had Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Artists Who Had Rheumatoid Arthritis

Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Pierre-Auguste Renoir was born in 1841. He was one of the world’s most celebrated impressionist painters. Renoir also suffered from Rheumatoid Arthritis for most of his life. However, his symptoms didn’t manifest until he was in his 50s. They became aggressive at about the age of 60. This led to almost complete disability when he was 70 years old.

Some of the deformities Renoir suffered because of the Rheumatoid Arthritis were disabling. However, he never stopped painting nor decreased the quality of his work. The transition between styles adopted by the painter (Impressionist, Dry and Pearly periods) bear no relationship to the stages of flare-ups or the establishment of joint deformities due to Rheumatoid Arthritis. Renoir’s work shows aspects of the body’s ability to overcome pain and physical limitation.

Alexej von Jawlensky

Alexej von Jawlensky was born in 1864. He was a Russian from origin, and was one of the most important expressionist painters active in Germany. Additionally, Jawlensky was the first painter in the 20th century who created extensive series of paintings especially of human faces.

Jawlensky’s rapidly progressing, late-onset of RA induced depression, disability, financial pressure and social retreat. However, the resulting artistic sublimation contributed to the change in his paintings.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment Today

These artists led very successful lives, even with having to manage their Rheumatoid Arthritis. Today, while there’s no cure for RA, there’s a variety of treatment options available.

Our rheumatologists here at Arthritis & Osteporosis Clinic Brazos Valley can provide a number of treatment options to help control and manage your symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis. We created the Early Arthritis Clinic to help patients catch Arthritis, particularly Rheumatoid Arthritis, in its early stages to slow its progression. Our practice also offers patients biologics that can help combat the condition at its source. This targets the specific areas of the immune system that have begun attacking the body.

If you have or believe you may have Rheumatoid Arthritis, visit the Arthritis & Osteoporosis Clinic of Brazos Valley to receive appropriate treatment. Contact us with the link below for more information!

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