The Present Tense and Timelessness of Great Art.

It was modernist Ezra Pound, who said, “A classic is news that stays news.” Then he added, “Great art is essentially work that has proven inexhaustible in terms of the value it gives to those who pay attention to it. It says, ‘I am in the present tense despite the fact that I was made five or fifty years ago.
— Seven Days In The Art World by Sarah Thornton.