A Different Kind of Masterpiece

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder; Beauty is art. To celebrate beauty where ever we may find it. All that delights the senses, visual, auditory, taste, touch and be it natural, man made, culinary - eye candy in general and sensory delights.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

 

PRIMITIVE MASTERPIECES

No modern artist with canvas and most up to date paints could rival the excellence of this work of art by a cave man 15,000 years ago.The line, form, shading of color, light in shadow is exquisite.

Talented artists such as those who painted the following masterpieces painted on rough, porous stone cave walls. Many cleverly used knobs, protrusions, concavities and cracks to creates a 3-D effect with their artwork. For pigments he used charcoal or manganese for black; he ground plants, berries, and ores such as ochre (limonites) and hematite(siennas) into a powder to create other colors. The needed ores were often found as far away as 25 miles. As binders he used saliva, water, urine, albumin, plant juices, animal fat and bone marrow. To apply the pigments he used fingertips, pads of lichen or moss, twigs either sharpend, frayed, or tied with horsehair, feathers, and tufts of animal hair. He knew how to create an air brushed effect by blowing paint through a hollow bone or stick. For some effects he blew paint directly from his mouth.

Throughout history dedicated artists have struggled with hardships in order to project their inner visions onto external surfaces. Cave paintings were not executed near the mouths of caves, but deep into the dark recesses. The dedicated artist of thousands of years ago suffered the labors of producing his pigments and applicators, he had to paint by the light of burning faggots or torches. Imagining the difficulties thus encountered instills in us an even greater appreciation for the remarkable talent and passion of the cavemen artists.

Bison, late Magadalenian Period, 13,000 B.C. These two: Graceful lines
Deer; Excellent proportions and conformation; graceful swooping curve of antlers.
Horse and Bull, Lascaux cave. Note the delicacy of the horse's head, like a pure bred Arab.The strong, heavy lines of the bull, denoting strength and power. No doubt the bulls were formidable adversaries for the cavemen.

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