International Journal of Art & Design Education

Peter Fuller: Internal Barbarian?

Volume 10.2   1991



Peter Fuller the writer and critic died tragically in 1990 leaving what Maurice Cowling, his tutor at Cambridge, called an 'unfinished odyssey' of published work. During his controversial career Fuller challenged many of the accepted tenets of late modernism in his many books, and through his magazine with the provocatively Ruskinian title Modern Painters. This homage to Fuller's work discusses his rejection of early influences and the intellectual sources that shaped the development of his ideas. Particularly relevant to this journal, it also touches on Fuller's strongly held belief that drawing should be at the centre of all art education, and his hostility to modernist practices like basic design which he claimed had a damaging influence on art education in this country.