A writing buddy of mine recently sent me an essay by Malcolm Gladwell comparing the lives of Picasso and Cezanne. (If you want to read the entire essay, click here.)
According to the author, Picasso was a prodigy -- a proficient and popular artist from an early age. His works that sell best at auction today were painted in his mid-twenties.
Cezanne, on the other hand, spent many years mastering his craft. He didn't have a natural gift for draftsmanship, and he spent a long time learning to draw, which he accomplished by painting the same subject over and over. He painted his dealer, Ambrose Vollard, 150 times before he got the result he wanted (or was willing to settle for). The paintings of his that bring the highest bids were done in his mid-sixties.
Are you a Cezanne or a Picasso?
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