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Shakespeare's King Lear - furious, embarrassed and downright stunned at his daughter Cordelia's refusal to flatter him as her sisters did in an effort to figure prominently in his will - yells, "Nothing comes from nothing!"
Perhaps far more important than the question of "why paint tragedy?" is the question of how to paint it.
He sits somewhat accusingly atop a stamp issued in Russia, remembering the 50th anniversary of his death in 1950.
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