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Exhausted Painting | by Andre Kohn

May 27, 2021

Medicine is my lawful wife and literature my mistress; when I get tired of one, I spend the night with the other. – Anton Chekhov

Chekhov’s work as a doctor enriched his writing by bringing him into intimate contact with all sections of Russian society: for example, he witnessed at first hand the peasants’ unhealthy and cramped living conditions, which he recalled in his short story “Peasants”. Chekhov visited the upper classes as well, recording in his notebook: “Aristocrats? The same ugly bodies and physical uncleanliness, the same toothless old age and disgusting death, as with market-women.” -Wiki

Chekhov made his living through humor pieces, a Dickens-in-reverse who got paid only if he came in under 100 lines. (He was paying for his medical education then, the “wife” to which literature was a “mistress.” Not for long.) – Boris Fishman

Andre Kohn Fine Art
Exhausted | Andre Kohn Fine Art

day almost over

i and my heart are exhausted

i need a medicine man

a chekhov in my life

and another

with a quill thrill

6 Comments
  1. What a lovely tribute to Mr. Chekhov a doctor of the arts.

  2. Such a perfect art piece. I can only imagine staring at a wall hanging of the same. Chekhov made a true observation.
    Nice lines at the end

    • Thank you kinge. Absolutely enthralling textures, most appealing strokes.
      I also enjoyed studying a little bit in my sacred spare time some of the opinions and expressions of the old masters.
      I gave at that moment my very best in conclusion.
      It can be better

      • Welcome. Studying these old masters is one of the best ways to gain true wisdom. I have my favourites to

      • Yes, they like the prophets, one always find a way back to them.

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