Why are most artists not appreciated until they are dead?
If the art is spectacular why aren't the artists given the deserved props?
They are, it is a myth that you have to die first as an artist and then you become famous.
Most artists where alive when they became famous. Picasso,Rembrandt,da Vinci,Bacon,Goya,Matisse, etc. there are only a few exceptions like Vincent Van Gogh and Jackson Pollock.
This myth is a kind of romanticism that came along with the story and diary of Vincent Van Gogh. ( just like the myth that an artist has to suffer to make good art or that artists are always poor)
That said, not every famous artist is a good artist, but that is a different subject.
I believe in the past many artists were not appreciated when alive because they were ahead of their times, and people did not understand and/or appreciate their style.
Also their audience was limited, do to nonexistence of global communication and easy travel.
Nowadays things are different. Artists don't have to fight against a wall of preconceptions and narrow-mindedness.
The art world has rewarded the weirdest expressions of art. Technology gives the opportunity to showcase art to all audiences. If you have skills and work hard, the myth of being famous only after death can be destroyed.
We leave in a great time for artists. There is a lot of competitions, but the general public is much more receptive to original artwork than ever before.
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