Why the Face?
As I mentioned in a recent post, I find the form of the face fascinating. I’ve always been particularly drawn towards those artists who, through their work, tap into the eternal. If you look at art and artefacts throughout history, the human figure can be timeless. I have tried to capture this quality in my own work.
“Man's naked form belongs to no particular moment in history; it is eternal, and can be looked upon with joy by the people of all ages.” August Rodin
In the following remarkable article http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2006/jun/06/art , Jonathan Jones discusses the oldest portrait drawing ever found (approx 27000 years ago). This stylised portrait head was conveniently drawn using the timeless medium of charcoal and therefore could be easily carbon dated. Jones puts the drawing in context by comparing it to the likes of Picasso, Modigliani and Brancusi. Visit the link to my recent post: http://www.adamjamesbutcher.com/blog/five-days-in-paris/
A cave painting believed to be the earliest known portrait,
from Angoulême, France, c 25000BC. Photograph: AP
Below is a picture of the oldest portrait sculpture.
The Venus of Brassempouy is a fragmentary ivory figurine from the Upper Palaeolithic, discovered in a cave at Brassempouy, France, 1892. 25,000 years old, it is one of the earliest realistic representations of the female
(or any human) face.
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