Tradition and the Prehistoric Talent – Not Primitivism but Stoneage Classicism


[The artist] must be aware that the mind of Europe–the mind of his own country–a mind which he learns in time to be much greater than his own private mind–is a mind which changes, and that this change is a development which abandons nothing en route, which does not superannuate either Shakespeare or Homer, or the rock drawings of the Magdalenian draughtsmen. That this development, refinement perhaps, complication certainly, is not, from the point of view of the artist, any improvement.

–T. S. Eliot, “Tradition and The Individual Talent” (1919)

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