Ezra Pound, psychotic genius poster boy
Ezra Pound (1885-1972), "grandfather of modern poetry" and certified nut case. BG did another painting of the young Ezra, which will soon be added here.
Ezra was a true poster boy for raving lunacy and the absolute epitome of the classic "mad genius." As an American expatriate in Italy, he adored Mussolini and other assorted fascist phenom. He wound up being tried for treason in the US, found insane, and sentenced to an asylum for ca. 12 years, where he continued to produce his brilliant verse. He also had a menage a trois going for many years between his wife and some other artsy babe. He was pals with, and influenced, countless fellow writers and artists. In short, he wasn't very p.c., but he was one heck of an uber-demento guy.