Cheeseburgers and Sunflowers


Van Gogh at Burger King, originally uploaded by Rob Carey2.

February 28, 2011. My last post got me thinking. What if Van Gogh worked at Burger King? Would he offer his paintings at discount prices? I bet he would. I'm sure there were a lot of people in his time who would've put more value on a cheeseburger than one of his paintings. Those art critics in his time had no idea how important those sunflowers would some day become. It's amazing that Van Gogh sold only one painting in his lifetime. His contemporaries had no idea the worth of those canvases stacked in his brother's house. So there's the lesson. Look beyond what the pop culture tells you has value. It's often the most overlooked things that hold the most eternal worth.

4 comments:

Alex Zonis said...

Ha! Totally great! :)

Loved the previous one too!

Rob Carey said...

Thanks Alex!

Rene Fijten said...

If van Gogh would have worked at a hamburger joint, he would probably be too tired in the evening to go out and paint. But then, one day, maybe he would have thrown ketchup, mustard, lettuce and buns against a wall, and he would have been struck by the colourful patterns they left behind. And selling that he would have invented action painting!

Rob Carey said...

Sure enough. The guy was to be famous regardless. With a name like Vincent Van Gogh, everyone should've been investing in his artwork.