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- DescriptionArt historians have in the past narrowly defined primitivism, limiting their inquiry to examples of direct stylistic borrowing from African, Oceanic or Native American imagery. The drawbacks of such an approach have become increasingly apparent, the most problematic being its perpetuation of the tion that certain traditions are indeed primitive . Frances Connelly argues that primitive art was t a style at all, but a cultural construction by modern Europeans, a cluster of concepts principally forged during the Enlightenment concerning the nature of the origins of aristic expression. She contends that, instead of the paintings of Gauguin, the publication of Vico's New Science in 1725 lies much closer to the origins of primitivism because it first calculated the essential framework of ideas through which Europeans would understand primitive expression. Based upon a close reading of 18th- and 19th-century sources, including voyage accounts, ethgraphies, aesthetic theories and popular journals, The Sleep of Reason establishes that the term primitive art did t refer so much to actual stylistic traditions but to a collection of visual attributes that Europeans construed to be universal characteristics of primitive expression, specifically the hieroglyph, the grotesque and the ornamental. Connelly provides case studies of artists and aestheticians who advocated, attempted or realised the assimilation of these primitive characteristics before associated with primitivism as well as significant re-evaluations of Gauguin and Picasso.
- Author BiographyFrances S. Connelly is Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
- Author(s)Frances S. Connelly
- PublisherPennsylvania State University Press
- Date of Publication01/12/1994
- SubjectThe Arts: General & Reference
- Place of PublicationPennsylvania
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintPennsylvania State University Press
- Content Note41 illustrations
- Weight522 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine17 mm
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