Today Stern had a special client – the man behind the art. He had anticipated seeing the man having a blurred idea of his image, an absent-minded artist with a lived-in face of an addict forever plagued with a virus of creation. Stern took his time studying the paintings at nights. As if he was analyzing his patient’s unique psychological puzzles he, the expert was expected to solve. It worked in a similar way with the paintings, as with people, only he didn’t have to worry about making a medical mistake. He could soon disentangle a complicated line of the layered images that couldn’t be scanned by a momentary observation. Each day Stern returned to the conference room to see the paintings again just as he studied his patients, one hint at a time to unite all of the components.
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