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How do you know when something’s finished? Well, it creeps up on you.

You think there’s hours of work to do. And then the brush lifts from the last stroke.

You take two paces back. And there. It’s finished.

Your whole life.

[Attributed to Rembrandt van Rijn (1606–1669) by the writer Tim Niel in episode 3 of the 2019 BBC4 TV series Looking for Rembrandt]

[View the video clip at https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0004dds].

Updated September, 2021