Ancient Egyptian art was one influence that Gum used in her interpretation of an Art Deco design she painted c.1931-33 on a Czech Epiag brand plate, signed M. Gum. Although more widely known for her watercolors of gum trees, as art teacher at Wilderness School, Adelaide, Gum was an excellent drawing and design teacher. Egyptian art was highly symbolic. The Egyptian sculptor used clay, wood, metal, ivory, and stone. Egyptian art was highly symbolic and a painting or sculpture was not meant to be a record of a momentary impression. Apparent differences were the result of subtle changes, not an altered conception of art or its role in society.” You will find subject matter covered other than sculpture but it all ties together nicely.
Egyptian Art was once considered to be unchanged, when viewing this art as a whole. Egyptian Art seems to be repetitive pattern of images and ideas. Egyptian art was revived in the early twentieth century as a result of global and local encounters. Contact with the west coincided with massive archaeological discoveries. Egyptian art was standardized. Not only were certain figures always the same number of squares tall and wide, but the there was a formula for the way to draw figures.
Ancient Egyptian art was essentially a symbolic language with a prescribed vocabulary capable of being read as directly as Egyptian hieroglyphs. It was not the role of the sculptor to invent variations on that language, but to learn its rules and apply them.
Egyptian art was concerned above all with ensuring the continuity of the universe, the gods, the king and the people. The artists therefore depicted things not as they saw them but as idealized symbols intended to be more significant and enduring than was otherwise possible in the real world. Egyptian art was very delicate and beautiful.
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