YA GOTTA HAVE STYLE!
Hell, Salvador Dali had it, Picasso had it, Disney had it … artists can be identified by their unique ‘style’.
SO BEFORE GOING TOO FAR
how about this famous image?
—purloined from one of the books I’m currently reading and/or re-reading. Nobody ever mentions the obvious, that the buffaluff pic is a totally different ‘style’ from the image of the falling man in front of it.
I FIND IT HARD
to reconcile what I’ve read/viewed of cave art and cavern artefacts (some going back forty thousand years or more) with your bog-standard brutish cave men. Brutish cave men? Hardly …
BUT I DO
really think that we are looking at two different styles in this image—
—although the significance of the wee duck on a stick eludes me still.
Obviously some earlier genius created that buffalo image, and some wag with the equivalent of a spray can came along later and added the wee sketch. Hell, he/she may have done so thousands of years after the original artist shuffled off; who knows? Who cares?
NOW, I READ
elsewhere that the slobbering primitive brutes that created cave art here and elsewhere could well have been not brutes but brutesses.
Apparently some clever modern person with nothing better to do took a closer look at some of the many hand-printed walls around the world and concluded that they were too feminine to have been male brutes. If not male, they had to be female brutes, no?
Here, have some hands—
—actually spray painted silhouettes. Nothing new there either … the significance of the tattoos and/or markings is a mystery to me but some knowledgeable archaeologist can doubtlessly explain.
(Bugger … I was going to repost a pic of a very modern wall in an alleyway in Gore (NZ) but find I can’t find it. Damn~! Maybe later …)