Edgar Degas, a French painter, once said to his fellow artist Max Libermann, "I would like to be rich enough to buy back all my pictures and destroy them by pushing my foot through the canvas."

However ridiculous it may sound, many great artists of the bygone era had done so and there are many reasons as to why some artists would go to such extent to commit such nonsensical act. One notable reason is that they hated their artwork; they doubted whether or not what they had painted were worth admiring. You see, even the greatest artists suffered from self-doubt let alone a commoner like us.

Like Edgar Degas, I too would like to be rich so that I can buy back the houses that I have designed and burn them to the ground!

 

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"A building’s architectonic quality is not determined by the professionalism with which it was built, but by the part it plays in architectural discussion. A building only becomes architecture when it is discussed; i.e. when it plays a part in cultural discussion."

~ Carel Weeber quoted by Van Dijk and De Graaf (1990)