Cartographic Art – Not Just the art of making maps

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_single_image image=”1089″ link_type=”no-link”][vc_column_text]Dating back 2000 years, the Phoenicians used cartographic art to record their travels. In the second century AD, an Alexandrian astronomer, Claudius Prolemy used this art form to record studies of the earth and world beyond. Subsequently, he created a well-known masterpiece, Geographia.

Cartography is known as a form of map-making, which became famous during the Post Renaissance period – the time of discovery and exploration – a period of astounding advances in science and technology.

The definition of this art form has changed throughout the years from the United Nations’ definition  – “science” in 1949 to “an art” science in 1973. Today it is defined as neither art nor science. I became intrigued which led my research to a very interesting Belgian artist, Pierre Alechinsky, born October 19, 1927.The piece in this post is one of Pierre’s works. His works can be seen at the MoMa in NYC and some listed on ArtNet.

Throughout history, there were countless periods of change and movement in the world. They included art, music, and the written word. Most changes were heavily influenced by politics and religion. The most interesting movements, in my opinion, were those of rebellion in direct opposition to conformity and standards. Alechinsky was a member of the Art Informel and Tachisme movements that used cartography abstractly.

Additionally, “He helped form COBRA, which “was a European avant-garde movement active from 1948 to 1951. The name was coined in 1948 by Christian Dotremont from the initials of the members’ home cities: Copenhagen (Co), Brussels (Br), and Amsterdam (A).”

COBRA was formed on November 8, 1948, after World War II by artists who desired to break away from all other art movements including naturalism and “sterile” abstraction; it was recognized by complete freedom of color and form leaning toward surrealism. Inspiration for this art came from children’s drawings

This art form is still used today; in fact, here are some very interesting works. Stay tuned for more interesting tidbits in the art industry.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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