KAHLIL GIBRAN was born on 6 January 1883. In his oeuvre of more than 700 sketches and paintings, some of the most significant portraits are of his friends, Auguste René Rodin, W.B. Yeats, and Carl Jung. The publication of Gibran’s 1923 masterpiece, The Prophet, a collection of 26 poetic essays, was considered a watershed in the 1960s. Ever since, The Prophet has been translated into more than 40 languages. His writings have had a profound influence on musicians like Elvis Presley, John Lennon, and David Bowie. He died in New York on 10 April 1931. He was 48.