The world is sorta upside down. There are times we do not know what we have until it is gone. WE had friends that married. Unlike our marriage, theirs was filled with, love, anger, resentment etc, but they stayed married nearly 50 years and she passed way. His own words to me, “I didn’t think I would miss her, but I do.” The same happened with our SIL, she missed her hubby, AFTER HE WAS GONE!
History proves that many people found fame, appreciation and love AFTER THEY DIED!
(Not Monet's best (my opinion) but I like it 'The Luncheon.')
Some famous after death: Vincent van Gogh, Emily Dickinson, Gauguin, Melville, El Greco, Claude Monet, etc.
Below is 'Starry Night', van Gogh's best 'they say' But I like his self portrait better.
How wonderful it would have been for them had they caught the eye of the world before they died so they could have enjoyed the fruits of their accomplishments.
BUT THEN who knows, fame actually ruins some; while trying to fit in they take to alcohol, drugs BUT some find relief (?) in suicide (Think Robin Williams, L ).
Famous people have cameras pointed at them or their homes 24/7. So there are pictures with EVERY EXPRESSION from crazy, sad, silly to serious. Have you ever took note of pictures accompanying a story of someone famous? They search the files to find just the right shot that describes the heart (or mood) of the story. (Happy, sad, snide, etc)
(example) “Democratic Senator xxx made his long awaited statement today!” If the accompanying shot is goofy, then a Republican wrote the article. If it looks studious, then a Democrat did the writing. (That will be reversed according to the parties)
WE can read that into most articles (all stripes and colors), if the writer likes his subject, the picture will FIT greatness.
The same goes for a Hollywood celebrity, if they are in good standing, great picture. If they just did something stupid, it will be a terrible shot; in searching the files you can bet they have many to choose from.
But the term ‘Starving Artist’ truly fits many good sculpts and artists. Their talent is discovered ‘After they are gone.’
I will end with this, you NEVER hear the term, Starving Politician, methinks. ;-)
PS: My favorite quote is from a leading politician, she gets picked on a lot, "We must pass this bill to find what is in it!"