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October 4, 2014 / 00:00
More than 3 years ago

Can artist have a normal life?

My son is one year old. Here is he, standing next to his sisters in the zoo, looking at the hippo:

http://lenarevenko.com/blog/files/blog_167.jpg

If you can’t see where hippo is, so this is the close up:

http://lenarevenko.com/blog/files/blog_168.jpg

When I had only one child I went to a shrink. Once we started to talk about artists and their lives. I mentioned how it is usually a bohemian lifestyle, alcohol, drugs and madness. She didn’t agree, saying it is a dangerous idea, and lifestyle can be anything you want it to become. As an example, she mentioned Rembrandt, who had a loving family, big house and a lot of clients. I went home and read Rembrandt’s biography. Which is finishes with: «…As often happens in the history of art, in spite of his brilliant talent, Rembrandt died in poverty and loneliness, forgotten, useless master.»

I am, of course, not Rembrandt, but wondering, if one can become a really great artist without paying the price of madness, drugs, alcohol, disappointment in the end.

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