Primitivism and Modern Art

World of Art

Primitivism and Modern Art

  1. Colin Rhodes
  • ISBN 9780500202760
  • 21.00 x 15.00 cm
  • Paperback
  • 216pp
  • 179 Illustrations, 28 in colour
  • First published 1994
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‘A sound introduction to this complicated subject’ – The Independent on Sunday
'Useful, concise and timely' – The Times Literary Supplement

Primitivism and Modern Art is a revealing account of the crucial relationship between the ‘primitive’ and the most influential developments in modern art.

Many modern artists looked both to the art and to the world-view of the 'primitive' as a means of challenging established beliefs, but the 'primitive to which they turned was as varied as the movements in modern art.

Colin Rhodes breaks new ground, drawing on a wide and diverse range of material, from high art to popular entertainment and from Darwin to Freud: the critical overview he presents supercedes all previous studies on the subject.

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