THE MYSTERY OF THE 12 YEAR OLD PRODIGY
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he (or she) grows up.*
Was Swiss prodigy Anna Waser (c. 1678-1714) actually only 12 when she created this engaging self-portrait as most art historians believe? The dates of her birth as well as the identity of her teacher vary; other canvases by her hand have not been found. So Waser remains, like many early women artists, basically a mystery.
The legendary Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) was a wunderkind himself, reportedly producing his first drawings when still a toddler. In contrast, though, to Waser, thousands of his paintings, drawings, sculptures, and other media survive, both in private and public collections, including museums in France and Spain dedicated solely to his art works.
*The quote above is not sourced but referred to often; I’ve added the pronoun she.
The above image is used solely for educational purposes.