Are Hoarding and Creativity Linked?

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Some famous musicians and artists were either hoarders or shared some of their tendencies. You might be surprised to find out who is on the list

Composer Erik Satie

Sheet-music and roses“When Erik Satie died in 1925, those closest to him were shocked to discover that the dapper French composer had lived in a filthy, threadbare room to which he hadn’t admitted a single visitor in 27 years. Now a museum dedicated to his life and work, the dingy apartment was once strewn with hoarded umbrellas and newspapers that almost completely buried its most striking feature: two grand pianos placed one on top of the other, the upper instrument used as storage for letters and parcels.”*

*Source: Melissa Lesnie, Limelight Magazine

It is the huge discrepancy between his messy environment and his peaceful compositions that I find the most puzzling. If you listen to his most famous composition, Gymnopédie No. 1, you may agree. Have a listen for yourself  on this video provided to YouTube by TuneCore

Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig Van Beethoven bustBeethoven was a perfectionist. He often became so absorbed in his work that everything else in his life fell to squalor. During those times he tended to spend his time locked in his flat working like a madman. His flat was always a terrible mess, and he often appeared unkempt and sloppy while he was working on a piece.”**

However, despite the surrounding mess, he poured himself into his work with intensity and created some of classical music’s greatest compositions.


Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol BridgeAndy Warhol suffered from Hoarding Disorder. When he died in 1987 he left behind 610 cardboard boxes that he called time capsules.”**

I hope a local moving company was able to use them for someone who was downsizing! You might call this “re-purposing”, which fits well with the trend to “reduce, re-use and recycle”. Then again, if he created a painting on each box, the collection could be considered a work of art and could be sold as a group or individually. I’m not sure what happened to these “time capsule” boxes.

**Source: Geni, home of the world’s largest family tree

Do you think all of us have hoarding tendencies and we are just at different points on the same line?

You may notice some Canadian spelling in these posts. The words may look odd but that’s how we spell them. We’re used to it.

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Unless otherwise credited, all posts are happily authored with a quill pen …
Paul Ferri, Broker, ASA (Accredited Senior Agent)
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