Ever since the first shaggy hunter outlined a running deer
with a stick dipped in wood ash or puddle clay or blood,
paint has served a vastly more significant and creative purpose:
as a vehicle for the human imagination,
a creator of illusions,
the modest but endlessly pliable means of fixing a glimpse of loveliness for posterity.
The true originators in this field have always been the artists.
But close behind these masters of illusion came the masters of the applied arts:
designers, architects, decorators,
legions of craftsmen
whose vocation was to reflect contemporary standards of beauty and harmony.