Maybe this happened, maybe it didn’t. Do the facts even matter, when the truth is so illuminating?
Legend has it that Pablo Picasso was sketching in the park when a brave woman approached him.
“Oh my — It’s Picasso, the great artist! Oh, would you be kind enough to sketch my portrait for me?”
Picasso agreed to sketch her. After studying her for a moment, he used a few pencil strokes to create her portrait in a few minutes. He handed the woman his work of art.
“It’s perfect!” she gushed. “You managed to capture my essence with a few strokes, in such little time. Thank you! How much do I owe you?”
“That will be ten thousand dollars” Picasso replied.
The woman was floored.
“Ten thousand dollars! How can you want so much money for it? Why, it only took you a few minutes to draw this sketch!”
To which, Picasso replied, “No, madam. It took me thirty years of my life to be able to draw like that.”