A Hunger Artist
How we cite our quotes:
[…] pale in a black leotard, with strongly protruding ribs, even disdaining a chair, he sat on spread straw […] (1)
This grotesque image of the artist's emaciated body should be appalling, but the crowd eats it up (pun intended). This may not be a strange as it sounds. Can you think of any gross spectacles that modern audiences can't get enough of (maybe something on reality TV…)?
Nothing tormented the starvation artist more than such watchmen; they made him melancholy; they made his starving terribly difficult […] (2)
The fact that the watchmen don't understand him causes the artist a lot of mental suffering. Why does the artist ache for them to believe him?
[…] he was so emaciated only from dissatisfaction with himself. (3)
Surprise – it isn't the hunger that is making the artist so thin, but rather his inability to reach the heights of his art.