Tuesday, September 1, 2009
ART-The Universal Language
I will begin by stating that Art is a visual means of communication and a universal language. Its images have no language barriers. Without uttering a single sound, it can speak volumes to future generations and give insight into earlier civilizations. Paintings discovered on the walls of the Lascaux caves in southwestern France on September 12, 1940 are estimated to be 16,000 years old. Animal and human forms as well as abstract symbols tell us a lot about the lifeforms and lifestyles back then. Paintings of horses and cattle might suggest a lifestyle not unlike the early frontier in this country. Abstract patterns of dot clusters on the cave walls may even suggest prehistoric star charts. For certain, it suggests a skilled and observant people. Whether these paintings were in preparation of a hunting excursion, in celebration with a feast, or simply to adorn their living space, they used the materials at hand and the inspiration of their surroundings to express their ideas. Whatever words they may have spoken (if any at all) to one another, their paintings are worth a thousand words to researchers, preservationists and this generation today.