Tuesday, May 31, 2005

A Shout Out



An Image from the Hall of Bulls, the Caves at Lascaux, Dordogne,France.

The caves at Lascaux contain some of the earliest known art work to be created by man. They are dated to between 13,000 to 15,000 BC and were discovered in 1940. They were open but carbon dioxide from visitors was damaging the paintings so they were closed in 1963 to preserve them.

2 comments:

Harmony Steel said...

Beautiful!

Speechless said...

Fantastic energy in these. I've always loved the clean lines, and the thought of those ancient ancient ancestors making their maks on the caves. I wonder what it meant? Where the pictures led them?

They still seem to me a sort of touchstone for the nature of visiual art. The joy of recreating what one sees is reason enough to make art. In a discussion of "what artss for" the other day, a good friend and I returned to these cave paintings as evidence of the deep human urge to paint and draw. Makes a lot more sense to me than some of the conceptual stuff on the walls of galleries in the past 50 years.

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