Just noticing a connection between some common phrases.
"Behind the times" = The work is outdated, passé.
"Ahead of its time" = The work is brilliant, but recognized too late for the creator to benefit.
"It was of its time" = The work may have been noticed once, but now viewed as problematic or just plain boring.
Man, none of these scenarios are very fair to the creator, are they? At least if you're of-your-time, you might be able to pay some bills and buy a nice dinner once in a while. I think I'd favor that scenario at least.