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Welcome to the Art community!
Feel free to post questions, musings, pictures of paintings (or other media), your own paintings etc
I promise to keep this a  nice, flame-free community of people with a common interest in art.

To start out our discussions, I have two topics for you:

1. Madame X
The painting at the top is a detail from Madame X (1883-1884), John Singer Sargent. He was greatly criticized for the original work, which featured the woman with the right strap of her dress slipped off. Here is a picture of what the original painting looked like:


 
Even after changing it, the painting remain controversial.
Why do you think it caused such an critical storm? After all, by 1883 nudes were nothing new in painting.
Should he have changed it under the pressure of his contemporaries? Does it change that value of the work knowing that the artist intended it to look differently?

2. Cave Art



Why do you think the hunter-gatherer decided to go into a cave to create art?
How did he feel, how did his tribe feel?
Was there a religious purpose, or was it an attempt to create order in the chaos that the primitive man was experiencing?
Why are people inherently drawn to creating art?


Deviations from these questions are encouraged, I just put the questions here to get you started.


Have Fun!
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2_x_2
Jan. 6th, 2009 06:48 am (UTC)
Very interesting paper. Good ideas. Original in Russian.
"Triad method for studying the anthropology of language and art"
ABSTRACT
The purpose of this paper is to present and describe a new method for studying pre-speech language. The suggested method is based on three linguistic categories - nouns, verbs, and interjections in their motor and expressive qualities - and their relation to the three basic forms of art - graphics (visual art), movement (dance), and sound (music). The study considers this correlation as caused by the nature of the human receptor system. This method explains the nature of art and the phenomenon of aesthetics and allows for the chronological arrangement of important cultural processes.
here:http://www.russian.slavica.org/article9068.html

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