Beth Cavener Stichter was intrigued by the notion which is the basis of Hippocratic medicine: a person could be emotionally and psychologically evaluated by their level of fluids. According to ancient Greek Humorism, the traditional four temperaments: sanguine, melancholic, choleric, and phlegmatic were caused by imbalances in the four bodily fluids (humors): black bile, yellow bile, phlegm, and blood.
Sanguine – Too much blood – Passionate, Bold, impulsive
Melancholic – Too much black bile – Depressed, anxious, moody
Choleric – Too much yellow bile – Irritable, hostile, bitter
Phlegmatic – Too much phlegm – Passive, introverted, rational
This intrigue led her to create ‘The Four Humors’, a work which was displayed at the Claire Oliver Gallery at Art Miami.