1) When we place the mastercraftsmen who have preceded us upon a pedestal, we forget that we too have the same potential and therefore do not strive.(1)
2) When we place too high of a value on the objects of art collectors begin to horde them for investment value, museums begin to protect them for their monetary value and start to seem like bank vaults. Like this, art loses its real value.
3) Therefore, the mastercraftsman advocates the value of striving with humility and simplicity, (2) The value of working at one's craft without greedy ambition, and the value of avoiding the trap of trying to cleverly follow the fashionable.
1) Whoever the master is whom you prefer, this must only be a directive for you. Otherwise you will never be anything but an imitator. With any feeling for nature whatever, and some fortunate gifts - and you have some - you should be able to dissociate yourself; advice, the methods of another, must not make you change your own manner of feeling. Should you at the moment be under the influence of one who is older than you, believe me as soon as you begin to feel yourself, your own emotions will finally emerge and conquer their place in the sun - get the upper hand - confidence...
Paul Cezanne, from a letter to Charles Camoin, 1904
Paul Cezanne, from a letter to Emile Bernard, 1905
Joan Miro, letter to S. Gasch, Montroig, Aug. 16, 1928
Isaac of Nineveh (6th Century)