Diamonds aren’t the only things that are forever. Beauty fades, but art is forever. In fact, art actually gets better with age! Imagine if we all started to become more beautiful with each passing year? The one thing that does hold true whether you’re selling yourself or a piece of art is that the more well preserved the piece, the greater its value. With art, the value increases the longer “forever” becomes. With yourself, not so much but at least you can leave something behind that will last forever.
“A beautiful body perishes, but a work of art dies not.”
-Leonardo da Vinci
Unless technology finds a way to preserve that beautiful bod forever, it WILL deteriorate. I know I sound morbid, but it’s an unfortunate truth! :( On the bright side, the legacy you leave never dies. Unlike many other professions, an artist’s intention is to leave a legacy, to have an impact and to move people.
Dali couldn’t have said it any better. He kept it real with himself. He knew that Dali, the person, will eventually die but his legacy, not so much. While this may seem morbid, thinking about death this realistically, makes you question your sense of purpose and .
“The idea is not to live forever; it is to create something that will.”
Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987). Mao (II.91), 1972. Screenprint. 36 x 36 in. Courtesy of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation. © 2016 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Unless science and technology find a way for us to become immortal, no one lives forever. However, our legacy can remain and it’s through what we create. As Dali himself said, there is no death of Dali. Andy Warhol died at 58, which is very young by today’s standards. Yet make no mistake, even with a short life, Andy Warhol was one of the biggest, most renown artists of all time. because he created iconic, legendary pieces that will last
“A picture lives by its legend – not by anything else.”
La Diva (1901) by Pablo Picasso