Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Are You A Young Genius Or Old Master?

While flipping through the November 2006 issue of Smithsonian Magazine, I came across this fascinating interview with a Chicago economist. David Galenson has completed a study on artistic genius by combing through records, books and exhibitions to determine when an artist's most successful works were completed. He concludes that there are definite cycles of creativity. While some artists are most prolific during their early career, others perfect their techniques and see their works prosper later in life, often when other artists are inspired by them.

Galenson also describes the distinct thinking styles of Young Geniuses and Old Masters. While Young Geniuses are more conceptual and may flit from one idea to the next, Old Masters prefer time and trial and error to hone their style. So if you feel like you haven't reached your creative peak yet keep pursuing your dream, and it may come true.

  • So are you an Young Genius or an Old Master?

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