The Early History Of Painting

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Literally taken, the art of painting is the process of applying color onto a supported surface such as paper, wood, glass, or canvas. When taken in an artistic sense, painting is meant to create an image or an expression through this color application, representing and documenting various intentions and subjects according to the artists desire. Since there are infinite explanations of what painting can be and what it represents to each individual artist, it is worthwhile taking a look at where painting began thus shedding some light on why the art of painting is such an integral component of human artwork and culture.

The oldest known paintings in the world come from the Grotte Chauvet cave in France, believed to be around 32,000 years old. These paintings began as engraved images into the rock face, with the color being painted on afterward red ochre and black pigment were carefully placed, creating images of horses, buffalo, lions, mammoth, rhinos, and even some images of humans going on a hunt.

Interestingly enough, the cave in France was not the only place where cave paintings were found independently of each other, humans came up with this notion of...

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