living or is he dead?
The writer got
acquainted with a rich man Smith, who told him this story:
A long time ago he was a young artist. He and his friends – artists too wondered about the
France. They made sketches. They all were poor. Then they met a young artist
Francois Millet. He was poor too. Millet saved them from starvation. They all
become a great friends. They very many painted together.
After two years a situation was very bad. They
had no money. The young artists decided to do something. Carl said that these
pictures are good. Then Carl proposed his idea: ,,I believe my project will
make us all rich’’. He proposed to die one of them. Millet was elected to die.
He shall paint three months. But other three friends during three months made
Millet famous. They sold Millet’s pictures and sketches. Boom was very high. After
six weeks artists meet in Paris
and decided to stop.
At the funeral all four friends carried the
coffin, because in the coffin was only vax figure. Millet carried his own
,,Well, you remember how
the pictures went up. Money? We didn't know what to do with it. there's a man
in Paris to-day
who owns seventy Millet pictures. He paid us two million francs for them. And
as for the bushels of sketches and studies which Millet shovelled out during
the six weeks that we were on the road, well, it would astonish you to know the
figure we sell them at nowadays--that is, when we consent to let one go!’’
,,It is a wonderful
history, perfectly wonderful!’’