How much is “prolific”?

I thought I was a prolific artist cranking out an average of one work a day. That is until I recently read an article about Pablo Picasso, an artist I greatly admire.

According to the article, Picasso created 147,800 works of art in his 78 year career.

This included 13,500 paintings, 100,000 prints and engravings, 300 sculptures and ceramics, 34,000 illustrations and even 300 poems … wow!

Of these, the article went on to say, only 44 works are considered truly famous … less than .03%.

Not withstanding the fact that I believe far more than 44 of Picasso’s works are worthy of high admiration, the sheer magnitude of his output and dedication is staggering and speaks to the volume required to produce what is considered “great” work.

I need to up my game.

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