Manet, Monet, Renoir, van Gogh, Cézanne--even the names are
powerful evocations of our cultural wealth and pleasure.
In the admiration of their work, we forget that famous painters
had concerns other than painting--a baby crying, models to appease,
a dying wife, the pressure to sell in order to eat,
sexual temptations, attractions in the midst of grief,
distractions, addictions, illness.