Recent Research Uncovers Pointillist Techniques in Southern France Cave Paintings

March 9th, 2017

Recent research into cave paintings in southwest France has uncovered approaches to figuration similar to the late 19th Century technique of pointillism.  “Imagine the first time a human convinced someone else that a line, or a group of lines is an animal,” says Randall White, an anthropologist at New York University, who led the research. “Today we live in an extremely visual culture, and we digest and interpret, on the run, a million different kinds of illusions that we take to be reality.”

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