24/02/2012 06:55 GMT | Updated 24/02/2012 09:08 GMT

Posthumous Success: Legendary Artists

Do you feel underappreciated by your employer? Do your friends not realise your full potential? Don’t worry, you could just be an untapped talent just like Vincent Van Gogh or Edgar Allan Poe.

And if so, even when the last nail is banged in your coffin lid, your work will still stand a chance of being celebrated for centuries to come.

It’s happened before and it can happen again. Some of the biggest legends of the culture world only flourished posthumously.

The lack of success during their lives is down to multiple factors: some, like Spanish Renaissance painter El Greco, were years ahead of their time and only appreciated once the world had caught up; others like Emily Dickinson are examples of outsider art, those who have had little or no contact with the art world, and whose raw talent is only discovered after their death.

The moral of this story is clear: don’t give up on those doodles and don’t throw your lovey dovey poems in the bin. Keep them all in a safe place, for who knows who might invest an interest once you’re gone...