As part of my university degree, studying French and Spanish, I spent a year in Southern France teaching English. I also attended the University of Toulouse one day a week where I took a history of art course. In one of the modules, we studied the Impressionist movement.
While the Impressionists are famous now, and their paintings sell for millions of pounds, this was not always the case. In fact they spent most of their lives in obscurity and poverty before becoming the best-known artists in the world. When they weren’t painting, they spent their free time discussing art in a Parisian café. None of the artists were well-known, and they struggled to find anyone to buy their works.