̶ One can be original and still be perfect, Sprague. Look at Saint Laurent.
̶ The imperfection in his life outweighs the perfection in his art. So long as the net result is imperfection, the art lives.
̶ Rather curious, your theory! And besides, you haven’t defined perfection.
̶ It’s the idea of closure, completeness. Nature can afford to be perfect, because it’s constantly in a state of flux. There’s always an opening for the new. Man cannot, because civilization seeks fixity and permanence. So if you add closure into the mix, it’s a recipe for death. Perfection in art is deadly.
̶ A rather grandiose statement, don’t you think?
̶ No. Just compare Cabanel and Manet. The Birth of Venus is perfection; Olympia is imperfection. Manet’s painting is far more interesting.