Friday, 15 April 2016

Before Mondrian, Native American Women Painted Abstract Art On Saddlebags

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Europeans and European Americans didn't fully embrace abstract art until the early 20th century, when artists like Piet Mondrian and Ilya Bolotowsky used color, lines, and geometric forms as their means of expression. However, shapes in bold hues have long been a part of the visual language for Native Americans, centuries before their invaders got obsessed with color blocks.

Similarly, before Louis Vuitton steamer trunks became all the rage, Plains and Plateau tribes - who became increasingly nomadic as settlers encroached on their native lands - had mastered the art of beautiful luggage, or rawhide saddlebags known as 'parfleche.'

(thanks Lisa)

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