I did manage to grab an hour to relax and watched Fake or Fortune? on the BBC about L.S. Lowry paintings and whether they were the real deal or not. Although very interesting, the subject is a bit of a bugbear of mine. It seemed that it wasn't so much whether the paintings were any good and more about their provenance. The value was very much about the latter when I believe it should be about the former.
Now, whether you like Lowry or not is slightly irrelevant. Personally, they are okay and have a certain naive quality but there are a thousand artists out there that are better that have never had any acclaim. And if they do get the acclaim it is after they are dead. It would seem that artists are worth more dead than alive. That reminds me, must check my life insurance policy, hmm.
It's no wonder that artists are paranoid nervous wrecks constantly looking over their shoulder waiting for someone to murder them just to increase the value of their work! The words struggling and artist have always gone together and perhaps it is the inner turmoil and the angst that keeps artists keen and the very reason they produce work that is (eventually) admired.
However, it is still galling to think that someone could make a fortune out of your labours after you are gone. History is littered with now famous artists that could not feed themselves but their work now changes hands for eight figure sums.
So what am I saying? Do I want fame and fortune? Well, recognition is always nice but fame, no, couldn't think of anything worse. However, a fortune would be handy and then I wouldn't have to work 16 hours on a Sunday when everybody else has got their feet up.
Must go, there's a shadowy figure at the door.
So, which is the original L.S. Lowry? One was sold for £165,000 and the other is available on ebay for £99 plus £10 postage! Alternatively, check out some of the talent at West Gallery while they are still alive!