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December 18th, 2006 · No Comments

THE CAVE PAINTERS

Probing the Mysteries of the World’s First Artists

The work of other artists didn’t often reduce Pablo Picasso to a state of utter humility, but that’s exactly what happened just after World War II, when he was mucking about in a cave in southwestern France. This wasn’t just any cave, however — its walls were festooned with striking pictures of horses and bulls that date from the Ice Age, all rendered with exquisite sophistication and symbolic force. Upon exiting the cave, an awed Picasso declared, “We have learned nothing in twelve thousand years.”

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