The art of primitive man and child

The art of primitive man and child.

Already in the Paleolithic era, primitive man used drawing and color. He acquired this skill over time, when he did not yet know writing, and when the whole way of life was very simple and far from all learning. At that time, he was already able to express phenomena seen in nature and his own experiences through drawing and color. He expressed them legibly in the form of painting. So these were the first and oldest "written" signs, that could be transferred. Today we admire the drawing and painting of primitive man not as a historical curiosity and peculiarity, but as a kind of work of art. This creativity has its own form. It is simple and talks about the world in a concise way, has the brevity of synthesis, and great at the same time, primal expression.

A colorful drawing on buffalo leather made by an Indian from the Mandan tribe.

Admiring the benefits of this creativity, we involuntarily ask ourselves, how she was born. How did primitive man acquire this ability to express his feelings and experiences. He probably got it so naturally, like a walk, speech etc. It grew out of its straight line just like a child's, unperverted nature, animated by the power of the primal imagination. In any case, no one educated primitive man systematically in this direction. Tradition and the passing of achievements from generation to generation certainly played an important role here. The primeval artist saw the works of his predecessors, they stimulated him and influenced the formation of his ideas, but this seems to be the most important, that he thought and felt the same as his predecessors and possessed the same creative qualities, inherent in undistorted human nature.

You know, that the art of creation cannot be taught, because there are no recipes for it. If the individual has a creative and lively mind and if he has a well-functioning sense of sight, it will be expressive. Each work of art must be created in a new and unique form, created anew by the individual imagination and creative intelligence of the individual. Original artist, however unlearned, he drew inspiration for his work from tradition, she impregnated him, but he did his work alone, according to your own temperament. He could learn how to handle the material, so techniques, and in this respect he was like every artist a pupil of his own school, of his workshop and the traditions of the tribe. However, he must have had innate creative qualities, the ability to concentrate and the creative will to perform, just like any artist, and thanks to them he organized his work.

The folk artist still works in a similar way today, where he creates in a certain traditional style. So he is basically similar to a prehistoric creator. And the baby is like both.

In the art of the child and in the art of primitive man we find many similarities. The art of both is based on simplifications and statements reduced to basic forms. It has full-fledged realizations, and thus the peak achievements in terms of their capabilities.

Drawing made by natives of Victoria - Australia.

These claims are probably quite foreign to the average modern person. He probably doesn't believe it, that primitive man, like a child, created artistic forms of the highest quality, while he himself, i.e. modern man, he had lost his sense of these things. However, this is actually the case.

Drawings carved on the rock from the Paleolithic period.
Painting on a board made by an Indian from the Wakash tribe - North America.
Painting on a board made by an Indian from the Wakash tribe - North America.

A child, like a folk artist and a primitive man, has a well-functioning creative mind, and in the modern adult (not a professional painter) this efficiency is inhibited by intimidation, by blunting observations, memory fatigue, dimming the imagination and sensitivity to form and color, etc.

Rock painting by Bushmen - South Africa.
. Wall painting by Bushmen - South Africa.