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This is Lhote's story of the adventures of his team finding and copying rock paintings in the Tassili region of the Sahara. Published in 1959, some of the racial terminology, discussion of the native Tuareg, and casual acceptance of overburdened pack animals worked to death can be jarring. But the art itself (and the trouble they went to to copy it!) is extremely interesting - I only wish more of the plates were in color.
There are several picture books describing or including the rock art of the Tassili. The best known though not best admired is this one published (in English) in 1959. It was Lhote who led an expedition to record the art for posterity as the colony of Algeria was slipping out of France’s hands. Unfortunately Lhote and those in his service adopted the practise of wetting the rock art to produce more vivid photographs – something which has accelerated fading in just a few decades, after surviving ...more
I read half of this book which was just enough to get a feel for what the Sahara is like (another area I have no desire to actually go myself--like the Amazon). It's really different than how I imagined it. I also learned a lot about the art found there in the desert, in areas that used to be more temperate. There are large quantities of art of types I had not been exposed to before from many different eras. I think this book would be of great interest to someone studying art history.
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