When did art begin and how was it passed on?

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readerofbooks eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This is a hard question, because you first need to define art. The previous post defined art as: (1) creative, (2) pleasing the eye, (2) exciting the emotions. I don't know if I would agree with that definition. If you go to the Modern museum or art or any other place, there is a great creative vibe, but not all art pleases the eye. Some art is meant to offend and make a person feel uncomfortable. Art that depicts death, for instance. Also not all art is meant to excite the emotions. Some art is meant to soothe. So, we first need to define art, which will never be done to everyone's satisfaction.

My opinion is that art began right at the beginning. I think there is an innate quality in humans that wants to create. You see it in children and no one tell them what art is. In short, I think it is an innate human quality.

marbar57 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Art is generally defined as the creative expression of man to please the eye and excite the emotions.  Art has been used since the early beginings of man.  Early man needed dishes, tools and weapons.  As time went on, he began to be proud of his creations and began to see art as not only useful, but necessary for the enrichment of his life.  He passed along his knowledge and skill to the next generation, who passed it along to the next and the next.  Through their skilled hands, histories and culture came alive, and in museums and art galleries today, the accomplishments of our ancestorsare catalogued and preserved.

lips27 | Student

art started 40000 years ago as a way for peopleto express thoughts. in hte stone age. we have findings from france and spain. but we do not know what is lost or just not discoverd. evidence indicates that artwork started the same time that humans advanced in toolmaking

cherronie | Student

Art begain far back, way far back before anyone even know it was art like in the cave man days when stuff was written' on walls in berry juice & it was passed on by others in the trbe by example of what others draw or their own interpritation!