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Then, what happens? His artwork becomes old, stale. He is replaced, not by another artist, but worse, by animals! His works of art are lower than the panther. His works of art had no lasting appeal, so he did not make the ultimate sacrifice for a reason.
Yet, perhaps Kafka is noting that the true artists, the best ones, are those who remain popular long after these passing fancies, long after many, many different kinds of freaks and abnormalities. In fact, Kafka, himself, is one of these. Decades later, he is read and appreciated more than when he was alive. He speaks for humanity today, just as he spoke for humanity in his times. This is the true artist -- Not one who craves power and attention or devotes every minute to his art to prove how different he his, but the one whose work lasts and is viewed, or listened to, or read over and over again for decades or centuries to come.
Kafka, Franz. "A Hunger Artist." Retrieved March 14, 2007. http://www.lundwood.u-net.com/ahunga.htm