We’ve all been there. It’s 4pm. You’ve been at your desk since 7am and you’ve hit a wall. The eighth cup of coffee hasn’t had the effect you were hoping. You always knew running your own business wasn’t going to be easy but finding the drive to carry on at this moment is proving difficult. What you need is art.
Yes, you read that correctly, art. But not just any old art. A Manet may be lovely but it’s not going to get those spreadsheets finished. What this situation calls for is a fine art print bringing to mind history’s greatest entrepreneurs. Because if the figures of Steve Jobs, Gianni Agnelli and Aristotle Onassis looming over your home office can’t inspire you to get those proposals written, nothing will. Here are the prints every entrepreneur needs now…
The director and chairman of Fiat was one seriously inspirational business leader. In fact, so impressive was his entrepreneurial nous that he became the richest man in modern Italian history. He was also a pretty stylish gent to boot so, not only will this classic limited edition print provide you with business drive, it will also remind you of the importance of a great suit too.
Gianni Agnelli framed print
Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis was one of the most famous – and richest – businessmen of the 20th Century. He was also famous for his yacht, Christina O), which famously featured bar stools upholstered in whale skin. Pictured here upon his floating palace, this image is the perfect depiction of the luxuries business success can afford.
Aristotle Onassis on a yacht framed print
Steve Jobs and Bill Gates
One iconic entrepreneur not going to cut it? Then perhaps these two tech titans will do the job. Pictured at Steve Jobs’ home in Mountain View, California in 1991, this image was shot by photographer George Lange for the cover of Fortune magazine – and is an excellent reminder of what can be achieved with a little bit of talent and a lot of hard work.
Steve Jobs and Bill Gates framed print
Enzo Ferrari may have started life as a racing driver but, as the founder of the eponymous car marque, he has a pretty stellar track record when it comes to business too. This print, taken by Thomas D. McAvoy outside the Ferrari factory in 1956, is the perfect choice for budding businessmen with a passion for supercars.
Enzo Ferrari at his factory framed print
If there was ever a photograph which captured the joys of business success it’s this one, taken as Richard Branson inaugurated Virgin Atlantic Airways in 1984. True, Branson’s public image may have hit some stumbling blocks recently but that doesn’t negate from his undeniable entrepreneurial triumphs – or his penchant for visually impressive publicity stunts. It’s this moment you’re striving for – the late nights and hard work will be worth it.
Richard Branson framed print
As a representation of what one person can achieve, this image of the original automotive entrepreneur, Henry Ford, is striking. Taken on 4 June 1924, it shows Ford stood between the first Ford quadricycle and the ten millionth Ford Model T. Think your business idea might just change the world? Hang this print above your desk and you’ll be reminded of that every day.
Henry Ford framed print