Van Gogh did not care about fame and neither should you.

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In the era of viral videos and the idolatry of the “emerging artist,” the idea of ​​waiting nine long years to sell a single painting seems absurd. In the third part of the UK video essay series, filmmaker Adam Westbrook, examines Van Gogh’s autotelic ability to experiment and solve problems in the midst of painting. In other words, Westbrook argues that the secret to Van Gogh’s rule was that he loved to make art, no matter how often he was told that his art sucked!
In spite of all the interesting videos of this cineast you can see here, this message repelling the concept of the word auto-télico impressed me because it fits perfectly in the sport as well as for life.
First we go to the concept of it: Autotelic: that has no purpose or purpose beyond itself; Whose meaning exists only for oneself, without a specific need: art for art.
It would be an activity in which we do, but we have no expectations of future benefits, because the mere fact of doing so is already the reward.
The autotelic person is paying attention to activity, for what it does for itself, and when it does not do so, attention is focused on consequences. In case, if you can not control the external results, then why think about them?
I’m not so inspired by art through paintings, but I’m fascinated by the story of people like Van Gogh who took pleasure in what he did and did not care about everything else. More interestingly, it is how he portrays this through a letter he wrote to his brother, the only person he painted for! This letter he writes to him after his brother finally had it after nine years, managed to sell the first painting! Here’s the snippet of it!
“You know that the fireflies in Brazil are so bright, that at night, ladies put them in their hair by pinning them with pins so their hair shines !. It is very fine to fame, but you see, fame is for the artist what the pin is for these insects.
You want to succeed and shine. Do you really know what you want? ”
We create a world in which external results are valued more than anything. And that is our challenge today.
In a world obsessed with popularity, do we do our work, regardless of the consequences and no one is watching?