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Were Cavemen the First Caricaturists?

Were Cavemen the First Caricaturists?
Timon In His Cave From Timon Of Athens By William Shakespeare. Prehistoric Man, Bearded And Dressed In Animal Skins. From The Illustrated Library Shakspeare, Published London 1890. (Photo by: Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images)

Were Cavemen the First Caricaturists: Cavemen were indeed the first caricaturists – the first portraits artists – impressionists – cartoonists. They felt an overwhelming need to record what they saw in their day to day life.

Were Cavemen the First Caricaturists?

This was probably because the written language had not, at that time, been invented. We should consider ourselves very lucky indeed to be able to gaze at these magnificent cave paintings. They were raw, exciting, and pure. Every artist should study these examples when they get the chance.

Were Cavemen the First Caricaturists?
Were Cavemen the First Caricaturists?

I am going to suggest something that may surprise you. Have a look at the cave paintings. No need to travel around the country. Visit your local library or search on your computer for photographs of wall paintings executed by early man. Now go along to the nearest playschool and have a look at what the preschool toddlers produce with their brushes, poster paint, and paper.

Were Cavemen the First Caricaturists?

You should see similarities in technique. This is no accident. All preschool children are brilliant expressionist. It is only when they learn about life that they lose the spontaneity and inventiveness that they are born with.

Were Cavemen the First Caricaturists?
Were Cavemen the First Caricaturists?

I believe that artists who return to a childlike outlook in their work have a definite advantage to those who follow the rules and laws of draughtsmanship. Someone once remarked that the French Impressionist painter Claude Monet was, “Just an eye… but what an eye.” If we are intending to put the oil paint on canvas, the paint should look like paint.

Were Cavemen the First Caricaturists?
Were Cavemen the First Caricaturists?

The brushes should leave brush marks. The canvas weave should still be visible in places. The finished article could then be called an “Oil Painting”, and not a “Coloured image”. That is the realm of digital photographers and the like. Not that I am belittling photographers in any way, but there should be a clear line between photographs and paintings.

Were Cavemen the First Caricaturists?

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