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Let's lay out all our ideas about who and what fine artists are: They are largely unemployed and their professional training prepares them to be unemployable. For some things we don't need proof, we just know.
Children often fill in the blank with a myriad of respectable positions -- doctor, lawyer, police officer, teacher, etc. -- but few proclaim their intent to be an art historian. I was that rare exception.