Notes on Primitivism, Western Gaze

Notes on Primitivism, Western Gaze - Introduction to...

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Introduction to African, Oceanic, and Pre-Columbian Art Notes on Primitivism and Modern Art (Rhodes) WESTERN GAZE AND PRIMITIVISM Primitivism: recent set of ideas arising in Western Europe in 18 th century at the time of the Enlightenment o Coincided with the beginning of an unprecedented period of European Colonial expansion o Describes a Western event and does not imply any direct dialogue between the West and ‘Others’ o Marked by subtle layers of differences in the ideas of modern artists about the primitive Informed by a multiple, complex and overlapping set of ideas o ‘Primitive’ refers to someone or something less complex / advanced than the thing to which it is being compared o Haeckel describes the savage intellect as primitive (19 th century) Savage is pre-rational / child-like o Much writing on artistic Primitivism deals exclusively with the Western Response to tribal cultures Images of ‘earthy paradise’ drew Gauguin to Tahiti o In search of the ‘primitive’ and felt inferior to the ‘savage’ o Pictures / images sent to France: images of ‘noble’ savages’ living in harmony / fertile nature o Traditional depiction of the female nude transformed into a double powerful
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