the presence of a master

For thirty-five years Paul Cezanne lived in obscurity, producing masterpieces that he gave away to unsuspecting neighbors.  So great was his love for his work that he never gave a thought to achieving recognition, nor did he suspect that one day he would be looked upon as the father of modern painting. 

Cezanne owed his fame to a Paris dealer who chanced upon his paintings, put some of them together, and presented the world of art with the first Cezanne exhibition.  The world was astonished to discover the presence of a master.

The master was just as astonished.  He arrived at the art gallery leaning on the arm of his son and could not contain his amazement when he saw his paintings on display.  

Turning to his son he exclaimed, "Look! They have framed them!"