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Dawn of art : painting and sculpture of Australian Aborigines / Karel Kupka : with a foreword by A.P. Elkin and a preface by Andre Breton.. (1965)

Authors: Kupka, Karel.
Publisher:Sydney : Angus and Robertson,
  • There are 64 copies of this book in other libraries
  • and 51 copies of this specific edition.
  • Kupka, Karel.
Physical Description:
  • x, 180 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), 1 fold. ; 24 cm.
  • A Studio book
  • A Studio book
  • "This illuminating study offers a new insight not only into the work of Australian Aborigines but into the nature and origins of art itself. The accidents of history have enabled a Stone Age culture to exist for a time side by side with modern Australian life, but its art forms, so wnderfully preserved and now enjoying a late flowering under the stimulus of interest from the outside world, must soon vanish wiuth the beliefs and social organization from which they sprang. It is fortunate that a writer of Karel Kupka's imaginative sympathy and understanding has been able to record them for the benefit of the twentieth-century man. The author's approach is essentially that of an artist rather than of an anthropologist, but his conclusions are based on a sound knowledge of anthropological findings, as well as on that personal contact so vital to a real understanding of the Aborigines." - book jacket.
  • Foreword by Professor A. P. Elkin
  • Preface by André Breton: "Main première": original text in French, English translation by John Ross
  • Chapter I. In search of the origins of art
  • Chapter II. Encounter with another age
  • Chapter III. Some secrets - true and false
  • Chapter IV. Bark paintings
  • Chapter V. Figurative painting
  • Chapter VI. Symbolic painting
  • A. Figurative symbolism
  • B. "Abstract" symbolism
  • C. "Painted literature"
  • Chapter VII. Ornamental painting
  • Chapter VIII. Sculpture without chisels
  • Chapter IX. The presence of the past
  • Concise bibliography
  • Captions to illustrations.
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  • Originally published 1962.
  • Bibliography: p. 179-180.
  • English
Dewey Number:
  • 709.994
Libraries Australia ID:
  • 26502675
  • 26502675
Contributed by:
  • Libraries Australia

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