observer michael kimmelman:
the example of van gogh, who couldn't sell a picture before he shot himself, has given hope to the countless embittered sunday watercolorists. but contrary to what people believe, the neglected genius of posthumous fame is an extreme rarity in the history of art, basically a romantic conceit. things mostly work in the reverse. call it the maratta effect. carlo maratta was perhaps the most famous painter alive in europe in the late 17th century. raise your hand if you have heard of him.