If modern painters feel qualms about applying the term "masterpiece" to describe a work of capital importance, this is because it has come to convey a notion of perfection: a notion that leads to much confusion when applied to artists other than those who made perfection their ideal.
A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.ralph waldo emerson
In sculpture, did ever anybody call the Apollo a fancy piece? Or say of the Laocoo« n how it might be made different? A masterpiece of art has in the mind a fixed place in the chain of being, as much as a plant or a crystal.
Human life is but a series of footnotes to a vast, obscure unfinished masterpiece.vladimir nabokov
And no one knows, at first sight, a masterpiece. And give up verse, my boy. There's nothing in it.
... Just came from Colombia, where the enormous oil on canvas by Martinez Delgado was transported to the Bank, It is the last masterpiece of a remarkable artist. What an honor for the Bank and for the people of Colombia.santiago martínez delgado
A walk down 14th street is more amazing than any masterpiece of art.allan kaprow
The public will accept a masterpiece, but it will not accept an attempt to write a masterpiece.George Moore
The Wealth of Nations may not be an original book, but it is unquestionably a masterpiece.robert heilbroner
Not all are called to be artists in the specific sense of the term. Yet, as Genesis has it, all men and women are entrusted with the task of crafting their own life: in a certain sense, they are to make of it a work of art, a masterpiece.
The symphony he wrote here in Vienna especially for me will be regarded as a masterpiece for centuries to come; believe me, there are few people who can compose something like that. Das ist Musik von erstaunlicher Perfektion. Sie ist seiner würdig .joseph martin kraus
No artist's masterpiece can match a mother's creation of a successful child, one who has been freed to explore and to grow. ... Success is measured not only by who we are, but by what gifts we give. As the old chief said, "The gift is not complete until it is given again." Ah, the mother whose gift to the world is a person !gerry spence
The masterpiece should appear as the flower to the painter perfect in its bud as in its bloom with no reason to explain its presence no mission to fulfill a joy to the artist, a delusion to the philanthropist a puzzle to the botanist an accident of sentiment and alliteration to the literary man.Whistler
By the miracle of genius he created a masterpiece [ Parzival ], epic in scope, noble in purpose, humorous, humane, tender, and rational.wolfram von eschenbach
There is a sacred horror about everything grand. It is easy to admire mediocrity and hills; but whatever is too lofty, a genius as well as a mountain, an assembly as well as a masterpiece, seen too near, is appalling.
... Just came from Colombia, where the enormous oil on canvas by Martinez Delgado was transported to the Bank, It is the last masterpiece of a remarkable artist. What an honor for the Bank and for the people of Colombia.
By the miracle of genius he created a masterpiece [ Parzival ], epic in scope, noble in purpose, humorous, humane, tender, and rational.