Ziyou Hua - Animals

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In the history of painting, animals are likely to be the earliest subject matter painted by men. In the stone caves of primitive men, before the invention of the words, men were already using available colored materials to paint wild bulls and wild deer. These animals were part of their environment and a part of their life.

We can say that this is evidence that primitive man have the foundation of culture. Men could paint animals but not the other way round. Although there may be paintings by chimpanzees, it is questionable whether they knew what they were doing. In the West, there was Fauvism. The word, 'Fauves' or wild animals is derived from their expressive color and their violent, unbounded brushwork. This style is likely to be related to 'primitiveness'.

Huang Yao, Shiyong Huagao, 1957-195

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