When it comes to art, everybody has their own unique taste. Some people love the pop art of Andy Warhol and use his pieces as inspiration for their decor, while others struggle to find the meaning in the piece. Regardless of your own personal taste, art is incredibly important, inspiring, and when artists break away from the traditional, they pave the way for others to explore their own interests in a unique new way. Unfortunately, many great artists go unnoticed until after their death. The tragedy of it all is now many of these artists and their works that were shunned during their lifetime are now permanent installments in a museum and are widely revered. Below, we offered a short list of five artists who went unappreciated until after their death.
5 Artists Who were not Appreciated until after Their Death:
Juliet Margaret Cameron
Cameron was a British photographer who approached celebrity portraits with an Arthurian theme. Although they were remarked as being beautiful, critics did not find anything special about her photographs. Many felt as if they were too closely cropped to convey any sort of meaning and importance. After her death, her portraits became incredibly popular and so did her unique approach to photography. Many individuals use her photography now as inspiration for their man cave ideas and can be seen hanging in people’s homes worldwide.
Rather than painting with feeling and emotion, allowing the brush to guide itself or having a particular picture in mind, Seurat used a much more scientific approach to painting. He chose to focus more on colors that would invoke emotions and is the father of Pointillism. Critics ridiculed Seurat’s techniques, especially Pointillism. Now, his techniques are widely revered and practiced by other artists.
Working through the Post-Impressionalist era, Gauguin used colors haphazardly and employed a synthesis style that was remarkably different from that of the Impressionalists. Critics of the time did not understand his methods. Now he is revered by critics and hailed as an influence to French avant-garde and modernist painters.
Today, Monet is considered to be at the head of the Impression movement and is thought to be one of the greatest painters that ever lived. Sadly, this was not the case when he was alive. Many people did not like the style of his artwork nor the reasoning behind it. Critics felt as if this painting style went against the traditional styles and methods of painting. Now, his works are highly coveted pieces for museums and collectors.
Vincent Van Gogh
He is considered to be one of the greatest painters that ever lived. However, when he was alive, he received little to no recognition for his work. Critics felt like his paintings were dark, depressing, and lacked any real meaning. During his lifetime, only one painting of his sold and that was the “Red Vineyard at Arles.” It was not until several years after his death that his works became famous.