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Paulo Coelho tells the story of the painter Henri Matisse who used to visit the great Renoir regularly.

As Renoir became more ravaged by arthritis, Matisse arrived on a daily basis, taking brushes, paint and food for the ailing artist.

Matisse would watch Renoir paint and every time the brush touched the canvas the master painter would wince in pain.

“Master, you have already created a vast and important body of work, why continue torturing yourself in this way?”

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