From Horses and Herzog to the “Man Cave”

“Believe it or not, I can actually draw”

– Jean Michel Basquiat

Painting of Horses from the Chauvet Cave

Painting of Horses from the Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc Cave

These days it seems as if every man is looking to have his own cave, a “man cave”, a place where he can surround himself with objects that give him enjoyment and provide entertainment. This may sound like a new concept, but the Chauvet-Pont-d’Arc cave in Southern France shows us that the desire by humans to live with works of beauty, in this case, stunning paintings, began 32,000 years ago.  German director and film

DIANA STETSON Two Horses on a Chinese Night, 2009

maker Werner Herzog in his documentary “Cave of Forgotten Dreams” brought the glory of the Chauvet cave paintings to the screen in a 3D film. (It recently became available on DVD and Blu-ray.) He captured many of the vivid and lifelike drawings on the undulating walls of the cave, of animals including rhinoceros, bison, mammoths, lions, hyenas and horses.

HAROLD FEINSTEIN Horse in Misty Pasture, 1973

In an interview on NPR Herzog said “ART… as it bursts on the scene 32,000 years ago, is fully accomplished. It doesn’t start with ‘primitive scribblings’ and first attempts like children would make drawings.” Herzog continued, “It’s absolutely and fully accomplished.”

Mammoth Drawing from the Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc Cave

A trip to France to visit the Chauvet-Pont-d’Arc cave for inspiration may not be in your future, but a visit to ARTprojectA can be. Whether you’re looking for a photograph of elephants by Bob Smith, horses interpreted by Diana Stetson or Harold Feinstein, or other ART to stir your creative aspirations, ARTprojectA is your source to guide you in creating your own “Chauvet Cave.”

BOB SMITH The Watering Hole

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