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Unlucky masterminds who got social acclaim after their death

Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675)

johannes vermeer self portrait

“Young woman seated at the Virginal” painting sold for $30 million at an auction. The first thought that strikes the mind is that the painter would have become a rich fellow but it is not at all so. On the contrary, the Dutch artist who made the painting died in poverty and was said to be under debt. Working as an art dealer and innkeeper, Johannes was hardly known beyond the city of Delft. (Image)

Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)

Edgar Allan Poe

They have a number of museums that are dedicated to this classy artist of America. Moving from one city to another Edgar tried his luck in Baltimore, Philadelphia and even in New York City. He is the one who started making a living all alone by writing and ended up living in poverty. His wife died of Tuberculosis after two years, when his poems “The Raven” got published. In America and all over world Poe’s work inspired the literature and influenced music, films and television but it happened when he was already gone. (Image)

Alfred Wegener

Alfred Wegener

Alfred Wegener spent all his life making new discoveries and experimenting science. He earned his Astronomy degree from University of Berlin and started studying Polar air circulation. He had all the research to back his theory on continental drift, which eventually got acceptance, but after his death. (Image)

Vincent Van Gogh

Vincent Van Gogh

Van Gogh’s paintings said to lack the brightness and liveliness that was seen in Impressionist paintings of that time. Even after a lot of criticism, he made more than 900 paintings and sold only one, “Red Vineyard at Arles.” When Vin Gogh committed suicide, his brother’s wife collected all his work and made sure it got the recognition it so richly deserved. (Image)

Paul Gauguin

Paul Gauguin

Known for the experimental use of colors, Paul’s work did not get any recognition until his death. He had developed a synthetist style that took the attention from Impressionism. Many of his paintings were in the collection of Russian Collector, Sergei Shchukin but by that time, he had already died. (Image)

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Henry David Thoreau

He was an American author, historian and publisher. He used to work in a pencil factory but writing was always his passion. He got his writing published in newspapers but only occasionally. His biography written by Henry Stephens Salt years after his death got his work noticed. (Image)

Emily Dickson (1830-1866)

Emily Dickson

All her friends and family members knew that she loved writing but Emily could not get recognition when she was alive. Only eight to ten of Emily’s poems got published when she was alive and about 1800 poems were hidden since she had her personal thoughts on life written in all those. Emily Dickinson lived all alone in her middle age for unknown reasons and after her death, her sister found 40 hand-bound volumes of 1,800 of her poems, each one of which is adored by lovers of literature. (Image)]]>

Dr Prem Jagyasi

Dr Prem is an award winning strategic leader, renowned author, publisher and highly acclaimed global speaker. Aside from publishing a bevy of life improvement guides, Dr Prem runs a network of 50 niche websites that attracts millions of readers across the globe. Thus far, Dr Prem has traveled to more than 40 countries, addressed numerous international conferences and offered his expert training and consultancy services to more than 150 international organizations. He also owns and leads a web services and technology business, supervised and managed by his eminent team. Dr Prem further takes great delight in travel photography.

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