It has been pointed out to us by some of our more arty readers that
Tarsem’s rather self-congratulatory quote which was used in the recently
published Commercials Book was actually incorrect.
In the book, Tarsem asserts it was Picasso who said, when asked how he
dared to charge so much for a painting that only took 30 minutes, that
it had taken him 45 years and 30 minutes.
Well, smarty arty pants, it wasn’t Picasso. In fact, James McNeill
Whistler was the original source of the pithy quotation - which the
Diary is now pleased to bring our readers in full.
Apparently Whistler said: ’In answer to the question, ’for two days
labour, you ask 200 guineas?’ No. I ask it for the knowledge of a
So glad we cleared that up. Now can we help anyone with their English