"Paint is essential to life! That's why I put it everyone's drinking water tonight!"
We've all seen "History of the World Part 1". In case you haven't, there's a segment in the beginning describing caveman artists
And Art Critic.....................
But in reality, cavemen used minerals (Such as charcoal, chalk, etc.) to create works of art on the wall. None of which sold well. Evolve a couple thousand years to Egypt. They were the first folks to make liquid paint (And probably the first to get high off it too). They managed to liquify it by combining egg yolks and some sort of coloring material (i.e. Indigo). After Egypt died off from the deadly plagues, The Roman Empire would be the next to adapt painting to a new form. Instead of heiroglyphics on the wall, the managed to "Paperfy" (if you will) paint. But no one cared about painting because all of those assholes liked sculptures and plays.
Fast forward even further into the future.... not that far, but to the Dark Ages. That's right folks! One-Dimensional paintings! Then they all died from yet another plague... Does anyone else notice the chain between bad art and Pestilence? Anywho, when the Renaissance came, perspective was added (Which is how things change in size from a distance), more paint colors were used, and of course:
So yes. Art has changed over the years (And no more plagues have struck since 1918).
Van Gogh, Monet, Picasso, yadda yadda yadda, painting. There.