The First Artists
– In the beginning God created heaven and earth. And God created man to his own image.
Similarly to the first artists, we are meant to create by being creative ourselves. I have become aware that the real creator is our inner Self, and that the desire to paint is the Universal force extending itself through us.
This painting is a tribute to The First Artists and their extraordinary legacy to the world. Far into prehistory, man was already sensitive to beauty. The Homo sapiens and his depictions of life was the first to introduce symbolic thinking and through its statues and cave paintings he was able to describe his story.
For prehistorians, these animals adorning Lascaux from 17 000 were not randomly selected, they carried a powerful symbolism, now lost. The discovery of the Chauvet cave, where some frescoes were made more than 30 000 years, has shown that well before Lascaux, Homo sapiens mastered all aspects of figurative art.
Lascaux is the setting of a complex of caves in southwestern France. The original caves are located near the village of Montignac in Dordogne. Discovered on December 18 1994, the Chauvet-Pont-d’Arc Cave in the Ardèche of southern France, is considered to be one of the most significant prehistoric sites.
The ‘Venus of Willendorf’ (22 000 to 24 000 BCE), is an 11 cm (4.3in) high statuette of a female figure excavated in Austria that was carved from an oolitic limestone and tinted with red ochre.
The burial of Dolni Vestonice III, Moravia, Czech Republic (v.- 26 000), contains the body of a young woman in a contracted position.
Ref: Les Cahiers de Science & Vie No. 124 August-September 2011 BCE : Before Common Era
36 x 36 | Oil on canvas