The Problem With Van Gogh is He Did Not Know What Sells

Van Gogh self portrait

Here’s an article by some artistic nobody on the subject of Art That Sells: Top Themes, Subjects, and Mediums for Best-Selling Art.

“As an artist,” he says, “I like to know what sells.”

Right! Leave the starving artist shtick to some other starry-eyed clod.

The article delivers on its promise, enumerating the most popular genres, themes, subjects, media, colors, sizes, etc.

Van Gogh, to my knowledge, did not sell a single painting in his lifetime. He did not “know what sells.”

It saddens me to think that if only we could reverse the hands of time and make the information in this article available to him, perhaps he could have made something of himself and still been alive today.

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