Tuesday, April 21st, 2009 | Author:

There has been a certain paradox about the world of art and artists. Most of famous artists had to struggle real hard to get recognition and fame that was accorded to them only after they ceased to exist. The magical pieces of work created by them in their lifetime did not attract as much attention and appreciation as they had desired. It’s an irony that sometimes it requires death to make us understand the true value of things. While telling this tale, one name that comes to our mind is Vincent Van Gogh. A true legend and a quintessential painter.


He possessed every quality that we normally associate with an artist. He was supremely talented, troubled and his life was a vivid example of struggles faced by an artist. He never got his due while he was alive. It’s not that he, himself was not confident of his work but going by the worldly reactions, he somehow always believed that he appealed to a very small audience. We can’t actually blame him because we get accustomed to the repetitive views of the world about us, even though it may be far away from the reality.


What can be more ironic than the fact that an art work ‘Irises’ of the same van Gogh was sold for astonishing $ 27 million after many years of his death. Now, Vincent Van Gogh is considered as one of the greatest and most talented painters of all time. If we talk in Indian context, can we forget the fact that redoubtable M.F. Hussain started his journey as a painter of film posters? But as the greatness demands, he never quit and reached the highest pedestal. What I am trying to emphasize is these examples are not isolated cases. There were many and we will see many other talented but ignored artists in the future. Here comes, concept of investment in art. Who knows, the artist and the art work you invested in, turn out to be the one of the all time greats and your belief is well paid in terms of monetary riches. So keep looking for hidden gems. We will soon cover how to look out for potential investment opportunities in world of art.  

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