Is it possible to bleed elegantly?



“In business sharp practice sometimes succeeds, but in art honesty is not only the best but the only policy.”
― W. Somerset Maugham, The Razor’s Edge


The true artist



The true businessman

turns this creative bleeding


an elegant work of art

a statement of status


The true collector

would like to own


place in their life

as a powerful totem

of appreciation

flowing back and forth


beholder and beheld

The artist

hates the sharp edge

of the boundaries imposed

by businessman

and collector

upon his art

but if he wants to keep bleeding

he must endure such an unpalatable sandwich

upon his palette

The businessman

hates the disorderly mess of the artist

for he must tidy it up

time and again

if he is to succeed

The collector loves

both artist

and businessman

for through them

his own bleeding

is given an elegant form

which can take

pride of place

both within and without.


“It’s a long, arduous road he’s starting to travel, but it may be that at the end of it he’ll find what’s he’s seeking.”
― W. Somerset Maugham, The Razors Edge


6 thoughts on “Is it possible to bleed elegantly?

    • Businessmen are focused on doing business and if an artist sells they want to keep selling the work of that artist. It’s up to the artist to protect himself/herself from bleeding out, but it’s a difficult challenge because the artist is driven to create and may bleed out even if no one buys their work.

      Art and business are a strange mix, they seem to need each other but they’re not the best of partners.

      Thank you for sharing!

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