by, 29th May 2011 at 06:35 PM (1049 Views)
No, not my realistic paintings; this is a riddle, that my mom told me when I was young.
A famous painter in China had three sons, to whom he taught vigorously the art of painting. This painter was famous for making paintings so well drawn, people thought they were absolutely real at first glance.
This painter was becoming very old, so he had to decide who to give the largest share of his inheritance to. By now, all three of his sons were aspiring young men, and they could all paint to the old man's standard. He decided to give them a test. Each son would have three days to paint whatever he pleased; at the end, whoever had the best painting would have the largest share of his inheritance.
Three days passed by quickly, and the morning of the fourth day, all three of his sons were ready with their paintings, out in their garden.
Each painting was on a canvas, and covered by a smooth cloth. The painter walked up to the painting on the left - the oldest son's - and lifted off the cloth. It was a tiger in a field, leaping towards the canvas. When he had lifted the painting, some dogs that were watching were scared away. The old painter nodded approvingly.
Next came the second son. When the painter lifted off the cloth, it was a fish, swimming in a river. An eagle flying above swooped down and tried to grab the fish painting in its claws - to no avail, as it was only a painting. The old painter also nodded in approval to the second son.
The youngest son was not only a good painter, but also the smartest of the three brothers. As soon as the old painter laid his hand on the cloth, he gave a gasp of exclamation and said, "You are surely the best painter out of my sons!"
The two older brothers were puzzled. Their father hadn't even looked at the son's painting, and he had already declared his to be the best.
What had the youngest son painted that had convinced the artisan so thoroughly?
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