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  • 1. Primitive ArtPractice Reading Review

2. Primitive Art Primitive art - the kind of paintings drawn on cave walls and ceilings tens of thousands of years ago - -mightnaturally be considered the result of primitive minds drawing simple animal-shaped doodles. However, a closer look at cavedrawings found throughout the world reveals a very sophisticated artistry, one that archeologist and art historians try to read"in order to understand the minds and culture that created such intricate work.We do know the cave artists themselves come from the hunter people roaming throughout what is now WesternEurope as much as 30,000 years ago. These hunters were armed with not much more than simple tools fashioned from stone,bone, or wood. They had to rely on sight, smell, agility, quick wits, and in intimate knowledge of the animal prey that in mostcases was larger, swifter, and more powerful than the hunters themselves.By continually searching for, stalking, chasing, and bringing down their next meal, hunters developed an almostmagical bond with the prey; they came to revere and honor the very animals they hunted and ate. Thus the hunters dailythoughts, plans, and actions centered on animals in what could be described as a unique and vital relationship. Not surprisinglythen, and perhaps as an expression of this essential relationship, hunter-artists etched and even sculpted those animals byfirelight on the ceilings and interiors of caves in, for example, the Dordogne region of France, northern Spain, through Russia,China, and into the Arctic Region.From the earliest "rough" works of 25,000 years ago, we see the importance of the prey-animal itself. The cavesyield x-ray like outlines of what appear to be musk ox, bison, bear, and fish sketched by fingertip on the damp clay walls. About12,000 years later, cave painters began to produce strikingly realistic animal figures in motion during various stages of thehunt. Drawn in red ocher and charcoal, large scale, "herds" of horses and deer animate the artists storytelling, a narrative thateven includes, in many paintings, such details as the traps used for the lure and capture.In addition to illustrating the significance of the prey-animal itself, cave artists also revealed themselves andtheir culture through other means. By drawing some human figures wearing animal skins and heads, they showed a profoundidentification with their prey, and by incorporating some geometric designs in certain works, cave artists demonstrated anability to think abstractly and symbolically.Clearly, the paintings of these animals and portrayals of the hunt and kill show that early humans were able toconvey honor and respect through abstract and literal means. Such artistic expression suggests a far more sophisticatedmentality than we might think possible on the first glance into the dark and "primitive" caves. 3. Paragraph One Primitive art - the kind of paintings drawn oncave walls and ceilings tens of thousands of years ago- -might naturally be considered the result ofprimitive minds drawing simple animal-shapeddoodles. However, a closer look at cave drawingsfound throughout the world reveals a verysophisticated artistry, one that archeologist and arthistorians try to read" in order to understand theminds and culture that created such intricate work. 4. Paragraph One Primitive art - the kind of paintings drawn oncave walls and ceilings tens of thousands of years ago- -might naturally be considered the result ofprimitive minds drawing simple animal-shapeddoodles. However, a closer look at cave drawingsfound throughout the world reveals a verysophisticated artistry, one that archeologist and arthistorians try to read" in order to understand theminds and culture that created such intricate work.Primitive art reveals a sophisticated artistry that is studiedto understand primitive minds and culture. 5. Paragraph Two We do know the cave artists themselves comefrom the hunter people roaming throughout what isnow Western Europe as much as 30,000 yearsago. These hunters were armed with not much morethan simple tools fashioned from stone, bone, orwood. They had to rely on sight, smell, agility, quickwits, and an intimate knowledge of the animal preythat in most cases was larger, swifter, and morepowerful than the hunters themselves. 6. Paragraph TwoWe do know the cave artists themselves come fromthe hunter people roaming throughout what is nowWestern Europe as much as 30,000 years ago. Thesehunters were armed with not much more than simple toolsfashioned from stone, bone, or wood. They had to rely onsight, smell, agility, quick wits, and an intimateknowledge of the animal prey that in most cases waslarger, swifter, and more powerful than the huntersthemselves.Cave artists were hunters from Western Europe who relied onsight, smell, agility, quick wits, and an intimate know;edge ofanimals. 7. Paragraph ThreeBy continually searching for, stalking, chasing, andbringing down their next meal, hunters developed analmost magical bond with the prey; they came to revereand honor the very animals they hunted and ate. Thus thehunters daily thoughts, plans, and actions centered onanimals in what could be described as a unique and vitalrelationship. Not surprisingly then, and perhaps as anexpression of this essential relationship, hunter-artistsetched and even sculpted those animals by firelight on theceilings and interiors of caves in, for example, theDordogne region of France, northern Spain, throughRussia, China, and into the Arctic Region. 8. Paragraph ThreeBy continually searching for, stalking, chasing, andbringing down their next meal, hunters developed analmost magical bond with the prey; they came to revereand honor the very animals they hunted and ate. Thus thehunters daily thoughts, plans, and actions centered onanimals in what could be described as a unique and vitalrelationship. Not surprisingly then, and perhaps as anexpression of this essential relationship, hunter-artistsetched and even sculpted those animals by firelight on theceilings and interiors of caves in, for example, theDordogne region of France, northern Spain, throughRussia, China, and into the Arctic Region.The hunters art was of the animals they had a unique and vitalrelationship with. 9. Paragraph FourFrom the earliest "rough" works of 25,000years ago, we see the importance of the prey-animalitself. The caves yield x-ray like outlines of whatappear to be musk ox, bison, bear, and fish sketchedby fingertip on the damp clay walls. About 12,000years later, cave painters began to produce strikinglyrealistic animal figures in motion during variousstages of the hunt. Drawn in red ocher andcharcoal, large scale, "herds" of horses and deeranimate the artists storytelling, a narrative thateven includes, in many paintings, such details as thetraps used for the lure and capture. 10. Paragraph FourFrom the earliest "rough" works of 25,000 yearsago, we see the importance of the prey-animal itself. Thecaves yield x-ray like outlines of what appear to be muskox, bison, bear, and fish sketched by fingertip on thedamp clay walls. About 12,000 years later, cave paintersbegan to produce strikingly realistic animal figures inmotion during various stages of the hunt. Drawn in redocher and charcoal, large scale, "herds" of horses and deeranimate the artists storytelling, a narrative that evenincludes, in many paintings, such details as the traps usedfor the lure and capture.The prey animals were important in the art. 11. Paragraph Five In addition to illustrating the significance ofthe prey-animal itself, cave artists also revealedthemselves and their culture through othermeans. By drawing some human figures wearinganimal skins and heads, they showed a profoundidentification with their prey, and by incorporatingsome geometric designs in certain works, cave artistsdemonstrated an ability to think abstractly andsymbolically. 12. Paragraph Five In addition to illustrating the significance ofthe prey-animal itself, cave artists also revealedthemselves and their culture through othermeans. By drawing some human figures wearinganimal skins and heads, they showed a profoundidentification with their prey, and by incorporatingsome geometric designs in certain works, cave artistsdemonstrated an ability to think abstractly andsymbolically.Cave artists also revealed they had an ability to thinkabstractly and symbolically. 13. Paragraph SixClearly, the paintings of these animals andportrayals of the hunt and kill show that earlyhumans were able to convey honor and respectthrough abstract and literal means. Such artisticexpression suggests a far more sophisticatedmentality than we might think possible on the firstglance into the dark and "primitive" caves. 14. Paragraph SixClearly, the paintings of these animals andportrayals of the hunt and kill show that earlyhumans were able to convey honor and respectthrough abstract and literal means. Such artisticexpression suggests a far more sophisticatedmentality than we might think possible on the firstglance into the dark and "primitive" caves.Primitive art reveals a more sophisticated primitive man. 15. Which sentence best states themain idea of this passage?A. The word primitive needs to be clarified by art historians and archeologists.B. Primitive hunters drew figures of animals and hunt scenes in caves at least 30,000 years ago.C. Art drawn in caves thousands of years ago reveals that hunter-artists had sophisticated minds.D. Art was drawn in caves thousands of years ago to show the hunters daily plans for killing prey-animals. 16. Paragraph Summaries1. Primitive art reveals a sophisticated artistry that is studied to understand primitive minds and culture.2. Cave artists were hunters from Western Europe who relied on sight, smell, agility, quick wits, and an intimate knowledge of animals.3. The hunters art was of the animals they had a unique and vital relationship with.4. The