How do I know if Painting-02·26·2013 is becoming a masterpiece? There is no way for me to know, but I do know this painting, as conservative and limited as it seems to me, is coming together well. There are successful subtleties which are surprising me. These subtleties feel very satisfactory: the composition is strong, the forms are full, the light is enjoyable, and there is sensitivity found in small nuances. It is a discovery in process, and therefore, I believe, it will be a discovery to observe in real time. "A discovery to observe in real time" describes well my most wonderful experiences with works of art that have been labelled masterpieces. Just before writing today's post I came across an advertisement for a video called "Masterpieces in the Louvre". On its cover was a painting by Georges de la Tour (shown below my work). This is a painting a viewer can observe for long time while continuously discovering. Yes, this is the definition of a masterpiece.
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