Monday, March 1, 2010

via 'life at the bottom'

“A woman saw Picasso on the street and asked him to sketch her.

After studying her for a moment, he used a single pencil stroke to create her portrait. Then he handed the women his work of art.

‘It’s perfect!’ she gushed. ‘You managed to capture my essence with one stroke, in one moment. Thank you! How much do I owe you?’

“Five thousand dollars,” the artist replied.

“B-b-but, what?” the woman sputtered. “How could you want so much money for this picture? It only took you a second to draw it!”

To which Picasso responded, “Madame, it took me my entire life.” – Picasso, Paula Scher, and the lifetime behind every second

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