For the many not of the elite, the masterpieces forming the canon of art may feel at odds with their lived experience and collective history. It is tempting to abandon the idea of the masterpiece as an obsolete concept tailored for a bygone world, and adopt a more relativistic approach. As Elizabeth Gibson walked to get coffee one morning in March 2003, she saw a colorful abstract painting sandwiched between two large garbage bags in front of a Manhattan apartment building. She felt the painting was powerful but never suspected it was a masterpiece, especially with its cheap frame. But the painting she rescued from the garbage that day was Three People, a 1970 work by Mexican artist Rufino Tamayo. It had been stolen in the 1980s from the true owners, a married couple in Houston.
- But the painting she rescued from the garbage that day was Three People, a 1970 work by Mexican artist Rufino Tamayo.
- As Elizabeth Gibson walked to get coffee one morning in March 2003, she saw a colorful abstract painting sandwiched between two large garbage bags in front of a Manhattan apartment building.
- But she liked them and mentioned them to her art collector father, who purchased the pair for $200.
- I had no air conditioning; my finances were shaky; and I was in a funk.
- How do we recognise an outstanding work of art – and who are the ‘we’?
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A masterpiece can also refer to an outstanding performance by a very skilled actor. One might appreciate an artist because he’s captive to his knowledge base in whatever art history. But seeing more broadens the understanding and appreciation of the evolution of taste, scholarship, and personal development. By looking at exhibitions, people can continue to develop and expand their knowledge of what a masterpiece can be.
It represents an ideal of perfection for aspiring artists to emulate , and art lovers to admire and collect. As this cultural norm became part of our basic art education, it shaped our taste and expectations. Much like the case of “Mona Lisa,” daring thefts of the two painting versions of “The Scream” helped elevate the public’s awareness of the artworks. We compared dozens of popular masterpieces — from classics such as “Mona Lisa,” “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” and the “Salavator Mundi,” to more modern works like “Nighthawks” and even the “Dogs Playing Poker” series.
The same goldsmithing organization still requires the production of a masterpiece but it is no longer produced under supervision. This is part of a series of expressionist paintings by Edvard Munch. The background is a landscape in Norway, and depicts a screaming figure symbolizing the anguishes of modern life. Two of them are now in Oslo’s National Gallery, while another is in the same city’s Munch Museum.
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The painting’s striking blues and yellows and the dreamy, swirling atmosphere have intrigued art lovers for decades. Leonardo, the original “Renaissance Man,” is the only artist to appear on this list twice. This article appeared in the Winter 2003 print issue of LINEA.
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