artistic temperament

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artistic temperament (plural artistic temperaments)

  1. (euphemistic) A disposition towards obsession and extremes of emotion, especially depression and anger.
    • 1899, G. K. Chesterton, "On the Wit of Whistler" in Heretics:
      The artistic temperament is a disease that afflicts amateurs. It is a disease which arises from men not having sufficient power of expression to utter and get rid of the element of art in their being.