Barnes on Art

I didn’t realise – couldn’t yet see – how in all the arts there are usually two things going on at the same time: the desire to make it new, and a continuing conversation with the past. All the great innovators look to previous innovators, to the ones who gave them permission to go and do otherwise, and painted homages got predecessors are a frequent trope.

Julian Barnes: Guardian Review 02.05.15

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