Buy Cheap …Sell Big!
Easy advice …but you got to buy the ticket to win the Lottery!
Vincent Van Gogh is a vivid example of the quintessential painter- talented, tormented, struggling with his work and unappreciated in his time. Even when he was most confident about the value of his art as Art, Van Gogh had little faith in his appeal to a larger audience. He felt his paintings would be appreciated by those urban people who “retain unfading impressions of the country, and remain all their lives homesick for the fields and peasants.” As he said “…what I do is not saleable … but it can be sold to people who buy things because there is nature in them.” Elsewhere, he complained about the tight-fistedness of ordinary art lovers and that he would have to work cheaply for a wider audience. Very ironic indeed for a painter whose Irises sold for £ 27 million in 1987 and whose work enjoys universal recognition and appreciation. The story of Vincent Van Gogh is the most well known, but in different ways; the story is retold whenever we talk of successful painters and their path to fame. M.F. Husain, our famous barefoot painter and his beginning as a painter of film posters is a case in point. Even India’s premier, abstract painter Jehangir Sabavala, recalls his days of struggle and is amazed that art prices have risen beyond recognition. While we feel for their pain, what the investor in Art would really like is to meet up with his or her own Vincent Van Gogh – undervalued when it comes to buying but with the potential to sell big.