Primitive Art Early Beginnings Primitive Art • The history of art begins at the start of man in the caves where primitive humans lived. • It has developed just as humans through out the centuries. • Most primitive art was created to record an event or as a functional tool. • The earliest cave paintings date from 15,000 B.C. • The artist made their own colors from earth pigments. • They even used primitive scaffolding. • Their brushes were mats of moss or hair. • Some of the paintings were very large. Some animals were draw 16-20 feet long. • The caves were lit using torches or by burning animal fat on a flat of dished stone. A primitive lamp Cave Paintings • Carvings not cave paintings Primitive are the oldest form of art. • Venus of Willendorf was found in Austria and is considered 25,000 years old. • The small bulging figure suggests abundant fertility and a plentiful supply of food which are the two foremost needs of any society. • Many of these figures have been found in the ground. Primitive people planted them in an effort to guarantee a good food supply. Sculpture Primitive Tools • This lamp was found in the same caves as the paintings. It is an example of a dished lamp. • They were used to light the caves and to help the artist see as they painted. • Notice the uses of lines to decorate the handle.