Masterpieces by definition are objects that have achieved the extraordinary, that excel among their peers. They go beyond definitions and because of that they become transcendental.
When one finds and more important than that, recognizes one of those objects something in one awakes, it is almost a revelation.
One feels and sees far above the average way of feeling and seeing.
That is why Museums and Galleries are so important, the good ones, because they allow us to have that experience again and again.
Are not we lucky?
But why should we stop there?
Seeing a masterpiece is always great but living with one is another thing. It should be a must.
It elevates your soul, refreshes your mind, nurtures your thoughts and pleases your eyes.
You need to have that experience as often as possible.
At your home.
Can I assume you are thinking this is not that easy?
How to purchase a Picasso, a Rembrandt, an Andy Warhol, a Muniz?
Do you see?
It does not need to be them.
None of them.
For being able to recognise a masterpiece you need to allow yourself to go deep in the knowledge of something and be open to it, so you can recognize the ordinary from the extraordinary.
From this point of view a masterpiece can be: a chair, a glass, a print, a photograph, a desk, a ceramic, a plate, a pipe, etc.
It is about finding that perfection that shakes all your senses.
How can we negate to ourselves that experience?
How can we stop our homes to provide us with that pleasure after a long day of stress, tension, discussions and routine?
That is why you have to have a masterpiece; it is a balm for your soul and expansion for your brain.
That it is.
All this came to my mind when thinking about one of the best shows in London “Masterpiece” I visited just a couple of days ago.
And for making my point I’m going to share with you few images of objects I saw in the show.
Are they masterpieces?
I think they are in their own right.
Panels by Robert Pansart for the boat “Le France”. Galerie Willy Huybrechts
“Two Half Figures” by Henry Moore. Gallery Offer Waterman
Fire Screen by Tiffany Studios. Geoffrey Diner Gallery
“Knives” by Andy Warhol. Galerie Von Vertes
Armchair. English, circa 1870. H. Blairman & Sons.
Dining table “Superelipse” by Bruno Mathsson and dining chairs by Helge Sibast for Sibast
“Untitled” painting by Jean-Pierre Picemin and bench by Patrick Naggar. Dutko Gallery.