How to discover the next Picasso of the 21st century?

What it takes to discover the next rising star who will land in the art history books and beat every auction record? It requires passion, patience, curious mind and a pinch of luck. However, there is one more important thing to consider…
Recently, I came across a collecting story of Sergei Shchukin - a Russian merchant and avid art collector who stood out at the beginning of the 20th century. Shchukin was among the earliest to appreciate the works of French Impressionist artists when no one needed them. Impressionists back in the day were considered worthless - Paul Cézanne (his current sale price record is over $250 million USD) used to sell dozens of his canvases for the equivalent of a few euros.
When Sergei travelled to France he got introduced to many impressionist artists we know today: Matisse, Monet, Renoir to name a few. He loved their works, trusted his guts and acquired a large collection of unpopular art which was snubbed by the Louvre and other museums. He took risk and ended up building one of the largest and most valuable collections of Modern and Impressionist art in Europe.
So what did I learn from this story? That discovering the next masterpiece requires courage and faith in one’s taste.
What do you think it takes to discover? :)

Collective Post - How to discover the next Picasso of the 21st century?
Collective Post - How to discover the next Picasso of the 21st century?
Collective Post - How to discover the next Picasso of the 21st century?
Collective Profile - @ben

@ben

ALWAYS go by the heart. never buy it if you do not think you can live with it for the rest of your life!
8 months ago·

@gemmarollsbentley

I love this! Buy what you love :)
9 months ago·
Collective Profile - @duncwhite

@duncwhite

Great story! Totally resonate with this. The collection should always be primarily made up of what you as an individual like and are inspired by, not what everyone else thinks :)
9 months ago·
Collective Profile - @duncwhite

@duncwhite

Great story! Totally resonate with this. The collection should always be primarily made up of what you as an individual like and are inspired by, not what everyone else thinks :)
9 months ago·
Collective Profile - @sarahcase

@sarahcase

This is great Sofiya!
9 months ago·
Collective Profile - @pai

@pai

very good writeup and lesson here -- support artists directly! @acc_23gy9OX43DIhiWGfr9TeCaQl4p9 if you don't mind asking, are you all in on one artist, one particular movement or many different artists? i think for me it boils down to buy what you truly love.
9 months ago·
Collective Profile - @sofiya

@sofiya

Thank you! I personally gravitate towards artists who give art history movements a modern twist (like Christian van Minnen) and absolutely love when artists work with marble (reminds me of Greek and Roman art)
8 months ago·
Collective Profile - @diogo

@diogo

Great story, there are several stories like this. For me one trick I always apply in art and other matters is to always look again everytime I want to immediatly reject something. For example the first time I looked at the NFT trend my brain almost by impulse wanted to discard it, so i went back and studied it deeper which made me buy a couple of them.
9 months ago·
Collective Profile - @sofiya

@sofiya

I totally agree! The more I learn about a particular artist, the more I like their works
8 months ago·