The Cave Art Paintings of the Chauvet Cave

TWO BLACK LIONS
The panel is dominated by two black lions, side by side. The male lion is identifiable by his scrotum, drawn in the background, and a female lion in the foreground, which appears to be rubbing against him. Given the size of this drawing, the elegant and simplistic lines demonstrate a great confidence in the artistís hand. Notice also the red line that echoes the outline of the male lion, and separates the two felines. One explanation is that the red line was drawn first in order to position the drawings of the lions, one above and one below. This argument presupposes a conception of the whole, which would not be the first example on show in this cave. Another explanation is that the artist realised the artistic impact a change of colour, particularly red, would give the composition.
Medium
Black Drawing with Red Pigment
Size (Length)
Length 2.5m
Cave Location
Left wall of the End Chamber
Age / Period
Aurignacian
Chauvet Cave Paintings Gallery
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Chauvet Cave Gallery Index