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I'm just not interested in helping struggling people because they're struggling in relation to painting. You know, it's terribly nice and kind but there are tens of thousands of would-be artists and the numbers that need help are beyond one's ability to support them.

Q:

And also artists especially may not respond well to gratuitous help.

Lasker:

They're not necessarily grateful at all. The only reason one wants to do anything is because you think they are so outstandingly talented.

Q:

It may be that out of great struggle they develop their latent abilities.

Lasker:

I just don't know. I don't know what makes them talented. It may be inherent. I think Picasso would have been a great artist no matter what. Obviously nobody helped him. He was a great artist. And eventually people who are talented enough get recognition, and somehow or another they have very hard lives unless they're strong enough to struggle through the lack of recognition phase of their lives. Now, the painters that in



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