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why did people start create art? and when? well, we don´t know for sure (because there is nothing that we really know for sure….) but i´d start with the cave painters…
Nearly 350 caves have now been discovered in France and Spain that contain art from prehistoric times. The age of the paintings in many sites has been a contentious issue, since methods like radiocarbon dating can be easily misled by contaminated samples of older or newer material, and caves and rocky overhangs (parietal art) are typically littered with debris from many time periods. Recent advances make it possible to date the paintings by sampling the pigment itself.
The choice of subject matter can also indicate date such as the reindeer at the Spanish cave of Cueva de las Monedas which imply the art is from the last Ice Age. The oldest cave is that of Chauvet, and its paintings are possibly 32,000 years old according to radiocarbon dating . Some researchers believe the drawings are too advanced for this era and question this age.
Other examples may date as late as the Early Bronze Age, but the well known prolific and sophisticated style from Lascaux and Altamira died out about 10,000 years ago, coinciding with the advent of the Mesolithic period.
Henri Breuil interpreted the paintings as being hunting magic, meant to increase the number of animals. As there are some clay sculptures that seem to have been the targets of spears, this may partly be true, but does not explain the pictures of predators such as the lion or the bear.
An alternative theory, developed by David Lewis-Williams and broadly based on ethnographic studies of contemporary hunter-gatherer societies, is that the paintings were made by Cro-Magnon shamans. The shaman would retreat into the darkness of the caves, enter into a trance state and then paint images of their visions, perhaps with some notion of drawing power out of the cave walls themselves. This goes some way toward explaining the remoteness of some of the paintings (which often occur in deep or small caves) and the variety of subject matter (from prey animals to predators and human hand-prints).
these paintings could be just messaging…like: the big cave bear lives near that big lake with the many fishes…or maybe the cave paintings where done by some cro-magnon-graffiti-dudes…
and their mommies spanked their butts for painting the walls…and that could be a reason for why these paintings are mostly hidden and in the back of the caves. but it´s much cooler to believe that they where painted by some magic shamans…
well, idk 2. i don´t even know why i paint and draw…i just have to…ah, but i found a good explanation for WHY we need art:
and i did nearly forget to say that you can find art lesson one here!