"Behind wanting to own the painting and hang it where we could
regularly study it might be the hope that through continued
exposure to it, its qualities would come to assume a greater hold
on us. Passing it on the stairs last thing at night or in the morning
on our way to work would have the effect of a magnet which
could pull to the surface submerged filaments of our characters.
The painting would act as the guardian of a mood."
Passage from author Alain de Botton, 2006
The Architecture of Happiness
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