Journal of Cultural Economics

, Volume 30, Issue 2, pp 91–107 | Cite as

Creativity and Life Cycles of Artists

  • Victor Ginsburgh
  • Sheila Weyers
Original Article


Age curves, which relate age to creativity or exceptional achievements, seem to take two forms: some artists bloom early (Picasso), others later in life (Cézanne). We argue that this objective fact is not related to their mode of creation according to which some artists proceed by drawings made prior to the painting's execution, while others are more likely to imitate and achieve this through color and the process of painting itself.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Victor Ginsburgh
    • 1
    • 2
  • Sheila Weyers
    • 3
  1. 1.ECARESUniversité libre de Bruxelles BrusselsBrusselsBelgium
  2. 2.COREUniversité catholique de LouvainLouvain-la-NeuveBelgium
  3. 3.Université catholique de LouvainLouvain-la-NeuveBelgium

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