Roucadour – I'art initial gravé
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DEAR FRIEND OF 8 BOOKS A YEAR,
Among my personal discoveries in the last year are some pretty old works of art. Before, I was always more interested in art produced by artists from my generation — or in the meantime by even younger ones. I’ve self-critically asked myself about the reason for this. Am I ignorant? Fortunately it’s not that easy. I’ve always had a lot of respect for “older” art — in most cases it just didn’t reach and touch me like some seminal artworks which have been produced “today”, within the context of my life. But there’s more: From my perspective the most relevant art is often that which also acts as a signpost for our future. Therefore — and because I’m simply not able to look at artworks from the 22nd century — I usually stuck with current, contemporary art, until last year. In the spring, I dared to walk quite far in the opposite direction. I had the chance to visit nearly a dozen caves in France where you still can explore thousands of original paintings or engravings which were actually produced long before mankind’s written history started. Imagine: some date back 20,000, 30,000 or even 40,000 years ago! It was a recurringly overwhelming feeling to stand just centimeters from these incredibly impressive works of art. These first creators have so obviously influenced a lot of the greatest artistic minds in modern times — just take Picasso, for instance — that they might have been the most futuristic artists yet. Since this trip, I haven’t been able to stop searching for books about these marvels. This one here is among the most beautiful ones I’ve found — independently produced by the private owner of the Roucadour Cave.
All my best,
Christian Kaspar Schwarm