Modern Art and Shamanism. Thomas Sakoulas Associate Professor State University of new York, College at Oneonta. The Shaman is.
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Gustav Klimt, “Death and Life”, oil on canvas. 1916
Kathe Kollwitz, “Death and a woman”
Rotary Demisphere (1925)
Miro employed "automatism" as a means to reach the unspoiled universe of the unconscious.
Salvador Dali: “Persistance de la mémoire (ou Montres molles)”, 1937 (left)“Soft Construction with Boiled Beans - Premonition of Civil War, 1936 (right)
Salvador Dali used familiar realistic forms in order to bestow credibility to the world of the subconscious as it manifests itself throughdreams and hallucinations
The image on the top-left is a handprint cave painting c. 15000-13000 BCE, Peche Merle, Dordogne, France
The image on the top right is a painting by Yves Klein from his “Anthropometry” series. Yves Klein applies paint to the model on the bottom-right image. The model then is placed on the canvas to create the painting.
“When I appear as a kind of shamanistic figure, or allude to it, I do it to stress my belief in other priorities and the need to come up with a completely different plan for working with substances.” (Flaherty, 521).
Appendix: (1974) Pablo Amringo Ayahuasca Visions