Art as a Culture
Functions of Early Art:
The Lascaux Caves in France portray several different animals and some humans too. Some of those animals include; horses, cows, deer and bulls. The cave artists are trying to convey the message to other people that animals are very important to them. These artists appreciate animals greatly and depend on them for so many different things like food, clothing and transportation. Also, the cave artists want to show people the art of hunting and the skills needed to do it. I think that there were more animals than humans because animals were they're livelihood and maybe the artist felt that by creating these painting of animals showed that they were admired and valued because they needed them in order to survive. The paintings can tell us that these artists were trying to express themselves and communicating messages to each other. Considering the difficulties must have been great because they were painting in a cave where it is dark and some pictures are very high. It makes me wonder how they painted these and what materials they used that would make them last for hundreds of years. I think three possible functions that this art was used for was to tell a story of their lives, to convey messages for one another, and their ancestors and to show respect for the animals.
To compare the possible functions of the art from the Lascaux caves to modern art would be that art both in early and modern times is used to tell a story, entertain people, to show emotions, and to create memory that past down from generation to generation. Modern art, like early art, is used as a medium as a way of communicating. Artists use paintings and other forms of art to communicate beyond different languages and is useful for expressing thought through different cultures such as politics and world topics. Also art can be used to show pride in something, in the Lascaux Caves in France the hunters showed that they were proud of themselves for hunting those big animals like bulls. In modern days humans hunt animals and use their head at trophies to decorate their homes and that can be considered as art as well.
My favorite art would be oil paintings because you can do just about anything with colored oils. I have been painting for over four years now and find it to be relaxing and enjoyable. I paint free hand and will just have ideas in my head or if I see something memorable I will paint it. For those who practiced this art might serve the purpose of sharing the beauty of art whether it be a painting of a landscape or of a person. The artist is probably trying to communicate through his or her eyes of what they portray to be beautiful and want to share it with the world. Oil painting is used in many different cultures but was widely used and popular in Europe and was at it's height during the Renaissance period. During this period people mainly spoke English and the wealthy dressed very elaborately and were reserved. A lot of oil paintings during that day portrayed kings, queens and religion. This art form and its culture does benefit society today because it opened a window for today's artist to learn from. It also tells a story of how people lived during that time, it shares history with us.