primitivism

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prim·i·tiv·ism

 (prĭm′ĭ-tĭ-vĭz′əm)
n.
1. The condition or quality of being primitive.
2. The style characteristic of a primitive artist.
3.
a. A belief that it is best to live simply and in a natural environment.
b. A belief that the acquisitions of civilization are evil or that the earliest period of human history was the best.

prim′i·tiv·ist adj. & n.
prim′i·tiv·is′tic adj.

primitivism

(ˈprɪmɪtɪˌvɪzəm)
n
1. the condition of being primitive
2. the notion that the value of primitive cultures is superior to that of the modern world
3. (Art Terms) the principles, characteristics, etc, of primitive art and artists
ˈprimitivist n, adj
ˌprimitivˈistic adj

prim•i•tiv•ism

(ˈprɪm ɪ tɪˌvɪz əm)

n.
1. a recurrent theory or belief, as in philosophy or art, that the qualities of primitive or chronologically early cultures are superior to those of contemporary civilization.
2. the state of being primitive.
3. the qualities or style characterizing primitive art.
[1860–65]
prim′i•tiv•ist, n.
prim`i•tiv•is′tic, adj.

primitivism

1. the self-conscious return, for inspiration, to the archaic forms produced by non-Western cultures.
2. the practice of painting in a way alien to academic or traditional techniques, often displaying a highly individual naiveté in interpretation and treatment of subjects. Cf. archaism.primitivist, n.primitivistic, adj.
See also: Art
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.primitivism - a wild or unrefined state
natural state, state of nature, wild - a wild primitive state untouched by civilization; "he lived in the wild"; "they collected mushrooms in the wild"
2.primitivism - a genre characteristic of (or imitative of) primitive artists or children
genre - a class of art (or artistic endeavor) having a characteristic form or technique
Translations

primitivism

n (Art) → naive Kunst
n (Art) (= artist)Naive(r) mf; (= work)naives Werk