“A Pale Green Mermaid Blog”
Good Evening, I was thinking the other day what was the first art movement? Was there a first Art movement? The earliest known images are the cave paintings in Europe about 32,000 years old by carbon dating estimation.
It is difficult to presuppose the meaning of these images for those ancient artists but basically: artists depict events in their lives and their response to those events.
On another layer, as art grew artists began to respond to the art that was made prior to their existence, so if we look at the images through that filter… perhaps the goal of the artists was to commemorate or express their feelings of awe and beauty at the gracefulness of the animals that surrounded their lives.
Remember there was no TV radio so the response to these animals would be on a much deeper level than our reaction would be today in our image ladened world.
Just a thought/chat. Have a fantabulous weekend! (Is that a word?)
Image of a horse from the Lascaux caves.
Images from Wikipedia
Themes and patterns
The most common themes in cave paintings are large wild animals, such as bison, horses, aurochs, and deer, and tracings of human hands as well as abstract patterns, called finger flutings. Drawings of humans were rare and are usually schematic rather than the more naturalistic animal subjects. One explanation for this is that realistically painting the human form was forbidden by a powerful religious taboo. Cave art may have begun in the Aurignacian period (Hohle Fels, Germany), but reached its apogee in the late Magdalenian (Lascaux, France).