Gustave Caillebotte (1848-1894)
Les raboteurs de parquet (The Floor Planers) 1875
Oil on canvas. Height 40 inches; Width 57.25 inches
Tools are a powerful symbol of creativity - the first expression of human cognition,
tools represent mankind's ability to progress, to better ourselves, to make the world
a better place.
They have a special significance to human society -- tools are one of the primary
means by which we distinguish ourselves from other animals. Tools are the father of
all other antiques. Master paintings, the great statues, the finest pottery, the most
decorative furniture, the most colorful tapestries -- all of these would have been
nothing more than someone's fleeting idea without the tools needed to create them.
Every manmade object depended on the use of tools for its existence, and mankind's
greatest intelligence is reserved for the creation of ever newer and better tools
to solve the production problems of the day.
Closely examine a tool, and you will likely discover the essence of its function distilled
into the simplest possible form. Yet often, these fascinating objects are themselves
highly decorative and possess graphic and colorful forms. On the pages of this web
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the artistic and inventive spirit imbued within these symbols of creativity.