New Yorker on genius

Caught by the title, I read Late Bloomers – Why do we equate genius with precocity? today from the New Yorker.  It focused on an analysis by and economist on two painters and two writers, one of which was a prodigy, and one a “late bloomer”.   Choice quotes:

“Prodigies like Picasso, Galsenson argues, rarely engage in that kind of open-ended exploration.”

“… creativity can be divided into these types – conceptual and experimental”

“More happily endowed and more integral personalities have been able to express themselves harmoniously from the very first.  But such rich complex, and conflicting natures as Cezanne’s requires a long period of fermentation.”

“Prodigies are easy.  They advertise their genius from the get-go.  Late bloomers are hard. they require forbearance and blind faith.”

“This is the final lesson of the late bloomer: his or her success is highly contingent on the efforts of others.”

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