Who is an artist? Anyone who entraps the minds of others through sensitive and imaginative portrayal can be called an artist. Poets, painters, actors and writers; yes, this lot of talented, at times aloof, and mysterious people offer an alternative to our mundane world of commonalities. That is perhaps the reason why they are loved so much. However, not every artist is privileged enough to witness the effects of his/her work during his/her lifetime. The worth of their work is sometimes realized posthumously. Here is a list of ten individuals who were not around when people realize the true value of their contribution to their respective creative fields. The top 10 artists who came to prominence after death should help us introspect on the way we see the ignored local painter, the criticized theatre actor, the rejected writer and other unknowns.
Vincent van Gogh was a Dutch post-impressionist painter whose work was rarely known outside a group of a select few. It was only after death that his work garnered a wider audience and became a far-reaching influence on 20th-century art. He died at the age of 37 by an apparent self-inflicted gunshot. Van Gogh is best known for his landscapes and Cypresses series. Starry Night, Sunflowers, Bedroom in Arles, Portrait of Dr. Gacheta and Sorrow are some of his famous paintings.