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The "shamanic" Himalayan art unknown treasures!

Himalayan "shamanic" or "popular" art more "strong" that African art!

"Minimalist" means for an expressionist art!


African art has created a shock to the Western eye leading to Cubism through a modification and simplification of forms. One has nevertheless to take into account that african art is predictable. There are aesthetic canons, specific for each sculpture of each ethnic group that make the African sculptor expresses himself in an imposed framework introducing personal touches with his talent and his worldview. An object can be infinitively declined with subtle variations. With the Himalayan art, nothing like that, no model. The shapes are Bold and original, asymmetrics, with powerful and impressive expressions. The visual impact  is immediate, almost brutal. The observation identifies a refinement hidden in a harsh and immediate apparent. The simplifications of forms is often superior to those of African art, minimalism triumphs, the sketch is pushed to its maximum. There is no imposed model, no mold, or very little. Each object, each mask, statue ... is an eternal begining. This economy of means, this perpetual originality leaves room for imagination, for dreams, for the viewer of a work that can change its "feel" according to his feelings of the moment. Gaze a long time a work is not neutral for the viewer as there may be interactions with the details that we observe and challenge you (the look, a wrinkle, the mouth, a grin ...). This aspect of having a "not finished" look is to sculpture what may be the style "Francisco Goya" for painting.


Himalayan Art - A bipolar art.


Two types of artifacts, cultures and expressions coexist in this region, are complementary and opposed:
* Those produced by the two major religions, Buddhism in northern Nepal and Hindu in the south. These objects are achieved according to identified aesthetic canons and have similarities. The sculptor has done an apprenticeship with a master. The characteristics of the gods and heroes of these two great religions are reproduced faithfully.
* Those belonging to a folk art, tribal shaman. The inspiration and realization are left to the imagination and creativity of the sculptor. The quality of execution varies depending on the talent of the creator. Objects reflect the inspiration, imagination, freshness of execution. They are all different and often expressionistic style due to distortions and exaggerations of traits give them a caricature character comic or disturbing. This art is not easily comprehensible, it knows no stylistic school with conventions or geographic codes used to classify and categorize easily as in Africa. The masks are likely to impress the observer. These masks are made in an impressive variety of materials: wood, cloth, animal skin, yak hair, goat, fox ..., iron, copper, aluminum, mushroom, paper ...


The creators of the "shamanic" and popular objects.


These are not professional artists but artisans of the villages. While referring to some traditions they do not hesitate to improvise freely according to their tastes or their dreams. This may also be shamans.


Why "shamanic" or "popular" himalayan art is so little known?


Originally when Nepal opened gradually to the world in the 1950s, both the Hindu elites of the country and people passionate about Asian culture interested themselves in the art of writing religions: Buddhism Lamaist and Hinduism. Comparatively the to oral traditions and popular beliefs of the peasants, artisans, tribes were despised with their train of superstitious beliefs and practices. Few people know the popular and shamanic Himalayan art because of distance, inaccessible regions, different culture and aesthetics ... It is an art that deserves to be known and we want to be its ambassadors. Daring this parallel: the popular and shamanic himalayan art a is less known in 2011 than was the African art in 1900. Bet in a few years the prices will fly.