Fine Art/Masterpieces

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What are the specific defining qualities that determine a piece of art is a Masterpiece ? I heard size, length of time to complete, but can't seem to find specifically what makes a Masterpiece.  

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Lea-I have no idea.  Certainly not size.  The Mona Lisa is small in size, not stature.  Leonardo's "Last Supper" isn't very large, either.  Not length of time to complete--in music, for example, Mozart wrote the most music, died in his thirties, so he must have completed works faster than many others who didn't produce as many masterpieces.  Some of the most acknowledged poetry is short--sonnets a mere twelve [?] lines.  Picasso was the most prolific artist of the twentieth century, which implies he could knock them out.  I would suggest such qualities as endurance, historical significance and, like defining beauty, that certain indefinable magic.  In other words, creativity is intangible and should not be analyzed in concrete terms.

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Alan Klevit

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I can provide sound advice on buying, collecting & understanding fine art, especially original works by 20th century masters and leading contemporary artists. I can also explain techniques used to create original works and offer tips on how to tell whether or not a piece is an original work of art.

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I have been active in the art world for twenty-seven years. I owned and operated four galleries and a wholesale showroom on both coasts. We specialized in original works by 20th century masters and emerging artists. I have been an art consultant, artist's representative, lecturer, auctioneer, and curator. I had a radio show for two years, "Today's Art World with Alan Klevit" [Washington, D.C.]; hosted two television shows on the arts for six years [Los Angeles Area]; have written for numerous local papers and international art magazines; and currently write a syndicated column, "The Art Beat." I conduct art auctions for charities throughout the United States, and am a frequent speaker/auctioneer on upscale cruise ships, and at civic organizations and local television shows.







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ART NEWS, ART IN AMERICA, FORECAST MAGAZINE, MALIBU MAGAZINE, PANTARBE.COM, MALIBU CHRONICLE, POTOMAC ALMANAC, GAITHERSBURG GAZETTE, ART DECOR, REGARDIES MAGAZINE.

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Undergraduate and graduate degrees from Georgetown University and The American University

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