There he stands, the artist. Alone in his studio, in front of an easel, paintbrush at the ready. Sometimes a model is present, or a sleeping dog. The light is divine, the silence and concentration tangible. That is where it happens, in that studio, in that peace and solitude masterworks are conceived. We are all familiar with this classic and romanticised image of the artist. It has been immortalised in paintings such as The artist in his studio (1629) by Rembrandt van Rijn or The art of painting/The artist in his studio (1664) by Johannes Vermeer. Opposite of this image is that of the contemporary artist. Just as much a construction, often not averse to romanticising either. In this update, the easel is replaced by a laptop, the artist (who can now also be a woman!) is seated at a large table covered with books and papers. There is no longer a model, sometimes there is an assistant, a studio companion, or a sleeping cat. If the romance in the first image consisted of the divine silence in which the genius had ample space, the second image focuses on the independent flex worker who, with the laptop under his/her arm, can work everywhere at any time.