A clipping I saved from an issue of Time Magazine, 1975 or so.
"There cannot be another Michelangelo in today's society because our faith in man is too weak."
Think of the artists in your private pantheon. Do any of them refute Malraux's 'gloomy' opinion? I was thinking of this yesterday while looking at thousands of artworks at New York's annual 'Armory Show' exhibition.