The first recorded use of charcoals as an artistic medium was in cave paintings
Probably the most famous are located in France. Most historians agree that these were created using charred sticks from a fire, not intentionally made charcoal. Widely used in the Renaissance, it was mostly used for creation of preparatory drawings. It wasn’t until the late 15th century that methods of fixing charcoal drawings began to be used. Since then some of the finest works created to date have been charcoal.