Picasso’s matchstick

Are an artist’s materials more important than the hand guiding the brush?

In perfumery, much has been said over the decades about quality (and expense) of raw materials – tuberose, orris, oud, and the like – but the artists behind these creations still don’t receive half the recognition of their fine art equivalents. Imagine a gallery where plaques detailed pigments, binders, and varnishes were praised without mention of artists.

Perhaps as the result of decades of perfume advertising, we forget that the mastery of a perfumer is what makes a fragrance special.

Would you prefer the creation of a toddler with a thousand-dollar paint collection, or a Picasso done with a burnt matchstick?

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