The activities of artists are generally divided into three periods, early, middle and late. However great an artist may be, he will normally begin by absorbing the tradition prevailing at the time of his youth, and by taking definite attitude toward it. During his second phase, formerly often called his “best period,” he will develop a style entirely his own and, if he is strong enough, create a tradition himself. In the last phase, finally, he may either continue with the style of his maturity in a more or less mechanical way and thereby cease to be productive, or else ---and this applies to the greatest only --- he will outgrow the tradition established by himself. In both cases this “late period” will mean a certain isolation, and it depends on the artist’s statue whether this isolation is a “splendid” or a pathetic one. While followers and imitators will continue to work, with suitable concessions to a changing taste, along the lines laid down by the great master in his middle period, the great master himself will venture into entirely new regions inaccessible to any of his contemporaries. He, too, will therefore cease to have an immediate following and often forfeit his former popularity, not because he is “outmoded” but because he has overstepped the limits of contemporary understanding.

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