What right had he to be unhappy, living in a perfectly painted world . . .?
Read this story with Tchaikovsky's "Souvenir de Florence" blaring in the background. Sort of a spiritual experience. Relates the struggle for perfection that many artists long ago gave away in exchange for their sanity. Reflects the tussle with madness beside the sparkling waters of the Rhone. Demonstrates how perfection is sometimes accidental; unlooked-for; how it arrives when you least expect it. How it comes more easily when you're not looking for it. (Which isn't a promise that it WILL come. You may simply spend years searching for a perfection that can't be found.)
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Excellent story, though! Loved every line. Sort of like poetry in prose. Well done, Madly A. Hatter. Cheers.