Many years ago on a trip to London I went to the National Gallery and stood in front of ‘Sunflowers’ the ‘masterpiece’ by Van Gogh.
There are something in the region on 20-25 Sunflowers around the world and they’re not originals but they are held up as a Masterpiece and people flock from all around the world to see them. I was entirely and utterly under whelmed but then again, in terms of these things, I know nothing.
Masterpieces, significance and beauty are in the eye of the beholder. In the way they make the beholder feel and ultimately the way they make them act.
I believe that the purpose of art is to ‘inspire our self to greatness when nothing else will do’.
What is my masterpiece is not your masterpiece, and what is significant to me is not significant to you. That said if we share masterpieces and we share the philosophy related to masterpieces then we are probably part of a tribe and we can connect.
In any event and in any respect of the ramblings above here are three explanations of masterpieces of recent times in my life, bizarrely all of which are movies (they are not always movies)
Despite the controversy related to the reviews of this film this is utterly and entirely a masterpiece in my eyes
The concept of ‘your an addict to be addicted to something’ is so current and so relevant and so true it took my breath away. The choose life (LINK TO MONOLGUE) monologue from that film is extraordinary, not to mention the fact that is transported me back 20 years in my own life instantaneously which was a wonderful experience. If you haven’t seen it, watch it.
If you haven’t seen this or if it’s not on your radar then watch it tonight with your children, if you have any, if you don’t watch it with your partner or watch it on your own. It doesn’t have to be this way; it’s possible for it to be different.
Doing something good can make you good, so try doing something good.
Hope you’re inspired.
Blog post number: 1368