Portrait of Amalie Zuckerkandl, Gustave Klimt, Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons/ 
Österreichische Galerie Belvedere

Originally published on Art UK.

'The revelation of personal sensibility, the quality of the sketch...is overlaid and smothered by labour.' – Kenneth Clark 

When is an artwork truly finished?

And why, despite the many hours an artist spends before a canvas perfecting a painting, are we sometimes more attracted to the incomplete version?

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