historians and art dealers should not manipulate history for their own profit

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historians and art dealers should not manipulate history for their own profit

From A. Mustafa

Published before 2005


At first glance you have created a dazzling website. It gets better as one browses through your sumptuous pages. It will build up to a thunderous crescendo should you follow up your ideology. I very much hope that you do, because it will be for the betterment of art. There is room for all sorts of art, but historians and art dealers should not manipulate history for their own profit.

I am glad that your chairman, Mr Ross, pointed out a few facts in his awe-inspiring speech. Painting a birds nest when a bristle sticks to the canvas, or painting four canvases of sunflowers in a few days can hardly be called art. Picasso and Van Gogh were not to blame, it was the rapacious art dealers of the day. I had been thinking that I was alone in my thoughts about art history. Reading your pages has made me feel that I may have indeed interpreted correctly the wheeling and dealing of art dealers of the past. Some of the wealthiest people in England and France were art dealers. Some like Joseph Duveen (1st Baron Duveen of Millbank) had acquired a wealth, between the two world wars, that can compare to the world's richest of today.

Regards

A Mustafa.
Self taught oil painter.