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In the Shower with Picasso by Christian Stadil, Lene Tanggaard

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{CHAPTER 5}

ON THE SHOULDERSOF FRANCIS BACON

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There has been a tendency in creativity research to celebrate mythical figures such as Einstein and Picasso. It is their stories we hear when we describe the creative process. For example, in 1993, one of the first books written by the psychologist Howard Gardner concerning creativity was titled Creative Genius, and the book consisted of descriptions and analyses of great personalities such as Einstein and Mozart and their life stories and creative work processes3.

We too are guilty of celebrating mythical loners. In the previous chapters, we mentioned Einstein and Picasso, and have so far delved into ...

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