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Prehistoric artists 38 kya used Van Gogh-type technique

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detail demonstrates technique, in Paul Signac, Femmes au Puits, 1892/Musee d’Orsay, Paris

From Laura Geggel at LiveScience:

Archaeologists found 16 limestone tablets dating to the Aurignacian period, named for the first known people to settle in Europe. The tablets were engraved with pictures of horses, mammoths and aurochs (extinct wild cows). Most notably, the pictures were drawn using a series of dots and lines — or as archaeologists call the technique, pointillism.

Modern pointillism was invented in the 1880s by Georges Seurat and Paul Signac, who developed the technique by using small dots to create the illusion of a larger image. Other artists, including Camille Pissarro and Roy Lichtenstein, followed suit. More.

We know we are dealing with stasis in human evolution when we now find ourselves referring to “modern” pointillism.

See also: Possibly oldest European rock art to date found in France

The search for our earliest ancestors: signals in the noise

Stasis: Life goes on but evolution does not happen

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