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The art of success? Try out lots of styles... then hit the big time

- By Victoria Allen Science Correspond­ent

IF at first you don’t succeed... give up and try something else!

A study found artists and filmmakers who hit the big time dabbled in different areas before focusing on their niche and achieving success.

Vincent van Gogh spent four years creating realist paintings using watercolou­rs before hitting his stride using oil paints to create his Impression­ist pieces such as Sunflowers.

While movie director Peter Jackson made a puppet film and a comedy horror before turning to fantasy with his Lord of the Rings trilogy. Researcher­s from Northweste­rn University, Illinois, found artists were 20 per cent more likely to create their best-received work after experiment­ing in different areas.

And the study, published in Nature Communicat­ions, found directors were around 14 per cent more likely to have a run of hits. The scientists concluded the approach increases the odds of stumbling across a groundbrea­king idea.

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