Why It Takes a Great Rivalry to Produce Great Art

Smithsonian.com | David C. Ward:

From an early age we’re told to be nice, play well with others, color inside the lines, and be cooperative and respectful to those around us. Yet it doesn’t take too long—high school or one’s first job—to realize that this ideal state of social harmony rarely exists in the world. And, that being nice may actually hurt you. Indeed, rivalry seems to make the world go round… Read more

Image: Pablo Picasso by Albert Eugene Gallatin, 1934 (NPG/SI; gift of Judith Esterow)