"The great and glorious masterpiece of man is to live to the point. All other things--to reign, to hoard, to build--are, at most, but inconsiderable props and appendages."--Michel de Montaigne, Essays, 1588. From the series Great Ideas of Western Man.

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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department
Painting and Sculpture
1963
Object number
1984.124.200
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Container Corporation of America
Artist
John Massey, born Chicago, IL 1931
Topic
Abstract\geometric
Figure\fragment\eye
Emblem\heart
Medium
oil on canvas
Dimensions
45 x 30 in. (114.3 x 76.2 cm.)
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Type
Painting