Without being an academic I nevertheless feel I have some justification for writing an account of Western History and Culture. This is because of my belonging to a certain generation of British Art students. Whilst the development of new and alternative Art had been going on in Europe for some time it was only with the Picasso Retrospective at the Tate Gallery, in 1960, that Modern Art was said to have properly arrived in this country.

 

The way Fine Art was still taught in most British Art Colleges, at the time of this exhibition, remained largely Classical, in the manner of the Royal Academy, in practice if not spirit. This referred back as far as the Renaissance, and so to Ancient Rome and Greece.

During the time I went to Art College, between 1968 and 1974, the Arts in Britain were continually challenged, by Continental and American Art, but I was also able to view the great historical Art in galleries around Europe and so I felt I was witness to a particular juxtaposition of ideology.

 

This juxtaposition became manifest in the opinions offered by the tutors who taught me, often quite distinct between the old and the young. Knowledge and experience of these circumstances is my rationale for writing this account.

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