Well, I'm mouthing off again, but I mean that.
no, musing interestingly
I agree, artists should explore and bring their own angle to things but not dismiss what has gone before or be novel for novelties sake with no depth or intellect.
Picasso was radical - but was nevertheless looking backward for some of his inspiration, to old African carvings and stoneage paintings.
We all have our preferences in art that we have a strong reaction to (positive or negative) - I see some American painters highly influenced by the Romantics/Bougereau and co, whose work one of my History of Art tutors described as 'quivering sensibility a really apt description to me! it doesn't appeal at all to me. I can't think of any painter here influenced by that era. I cannot relate to Guston at all in another vein entirely and only rarely to Picasso. I like painterly paintings.
We all have our own influences acknowledged or subconscious.