Can I draw your attention to this fascinating story in today's New York Times? It's of interest to those of us who work to "persist," because the artist in question, Charles Daes, was consigned to oblivion for a century and a half before being "rediscovered." His reputation restored, he is now the centerpiece of a one-person show at the Denver Art Museum and a good example of his work, it's estimated, would sell at auction in the millions.
The artist, it seems, after honing his skills and producing some truly marvelous paintings, lost his mind at the age of 29 and spent the rest of his life in mental institutions. Read about him, and see at least one large-scale reproduction of his work, via the link above. And celebrate, belatedly, his creative talent.