The field we love and live on is infected with thieves and peddlers. No new brush stroke can appear in any publication but some skillful craftsman in a studio can master it by the following noon. I am not opposed to these people because of their mastery of technique, but rather they are not provoked to perform out of an observation of humanity…Really it’s because they have observed and coveted the success of another. Should they ever look at the public, whom we must actually see in order to communicate, they would see nothing at all.
Austin Briggs, on American illustration in the 1950s-60s during a talk before the Minneapolis-St.Paul Association of Professional Artists, 1965.
From The Illustrator in America 1900-1960, compiled and edited by Walt Reed.