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.
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.andré malraux
At one point Trudeau mentioned to me that the National Gallery wanted to buy a masterpiece by the great Italian painter Lotto, and it needed a million dollars from the Treasury Board. "Is that Lotto-Quebec or Lotto-Canada?" I joked, but I got the message, and the National Gallery got the painting.jean chrétien
... 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
Long ago I abandoned my masterpiece a roll of paper thirty yards long which I filled completely with minute handwriting in my dungeon years ago It vanished when the Bastille fell it vanished as everything written everything thought and planned will disappearpeter weiss
Nature's chief masterpiece is writing well.villiers, george, 2nd duke of buckingham
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
One can't write a weird story of real power without perfect psychological detachment from the human scene, and a magic prism of imagination which suffuses them and style alike with that grotesquerie and disquieting distortion characteristic of morbid vision. Only a cynic can create horror for behind every masterpiece of the sort must reside a driving daemonic force that despises the human race and its illusions, and longs to pull them to pieces and mock them.h. p. lovecraft
He wants to live on through something and in his case, his masterpiece is his son… all of us want that, and it gets more poignant as we get more anonymous in this world.Arthur Miller
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
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.
Of all those arts in which the wise excel, Nature's chief masterpiece is writing well.
Nature's great masterpiece, an elephant, The only harmless great thing.john donne
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.
... 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.