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Each question has two examples of correct answers: 1. Why is the concept of "abstraction" important to the art of Pre- historic Europe? Works from the Pre-historic era were drawn for the most part from memory images. Human forms especially were given parts that we may not see as all in sync but the meaning of the small arms, large breasts, and uneven eyes were carved or drawn in basic form as a symbol or a sign of something to whose work it was rather than carved using realism. The female image, Woman from Brassempouv is a good example of abstract art during this time period. This ivory head is basic in form showing not a realistic image of the female head but rather the carver’s memory of certain eyes, neck and nose as he or she remembers her. As there was no written language at this time to verify human form, written details etc., cave art and figurines are the closest modern man can come to in understanding and depicting their images and symbolism in Pre- historic times through these renderings. Abstraction can be seen in varying degrees in almost all of prehistoric art. The early artist took only the basic forms and details and translated those into their artwork. This can clearly been seen in the carving "Woman From Brassempouy". The artist gives you an impression of a women, but leaves out details. She lacks eyes and a mouth and her hair appears to be made of squares. Most early art contains such abstractions. 2. The titles of the artworks studied have been given by modern humans, why is this fact important in the understanding of meaning with Prehistoric art? Labeling art by someone other than the original artist can predispose one to interpreting the art according to one’s culture or their society’s way of thinking. An example is the female figure found in Austria called Woman from Willendorf . This figure was once called Venus of Willendorf . Using
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