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  • adj. Exhibiting or practicing primitivism, the advocacy of primitive over refined forms
  • n. A proponent of primitivism.


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primitive +‎ -ist


  • One of the problems that confronted the primitivist was the discovery, if possible, of the natural man — the man who followed nature rather than custom or opin - ion, and who was a living exemplar of the primitivistic life.


  • The Archbishop opened his lecture by noting importantly that the very term sharia is not only misunderstood, but is the focus of much fear and anxiety deriving from its 'primitivist' application in some contexts.

    'Sharia law' - What did the Archbishop actually say?

  • Gaugin: The painter who invented his own brand of artistic licence life and work for which he can be reverentially remembered: his extensive travels, his experimentalism and his "primitivist" painting style honed in Tahiti - a bold reaction against the Impressionism embraced by most of his - Articles related to Keira Knightley takes on performance art

  • Deceptively "primitivist," with a vivid palette of color, it conveys precisely the intent of its designer, Nick Locke, art director for the feature film "Little Red Wagon."

    Battery Shots

  • "primitivist," such as direct action, eco-defense, medic training, legal observer training, know your rights trainings, anti-oppression trainings, etc. (pretty much anything you can think of that would fit within a direct action camp). any takers? we're looking for folks to facilitate workshops in either the primitivist / rewilding aspect of Feral Futures, which will be down the trail and in the woods,

    Colorado Independent Media Center

  • If put on display at an art gallery in New York or Paris, it would baffle and thrill collectors: a Caucasian face that looks like the masterwork of a great primitivist sculptor, circa 1910.

    Following controversy, mummies at Penn Museum remain objects of mystery

  • Later they were both members of the so-called New York Five—known in the 1960s for championing the early work of Le Corbusier when the French-Swiss modernist was better known for his later, more primitivist style.

    A Modernist Original With Bold-Faced Clientele

  • Critics and acolytes distinguish between the early and late work of the pioneering French-Swiss modernist Le Corbusier, whose austere villas from the 1920s, like Villa Savoye outside Paris, seem a world away from his primitivist, sculpted-concrete work from the '50s, such as the government buildings he created for Chandigarh, India.

    A-cero's Modern Planes in Spain

  • Whether the background is the local village or the Cretan landscape, Cacoyiannis' cinema is decisively ethnographic, depicting the culture of the peasants as an insular, contained ethnoscape, often playing to Western expectations by promoting the image of an exotic Modern Greece, as seen in the perpetuation of primitivist stereotypes in Zorba, and the exploration of the rural in melodramas dealing with family issues, such as A Girl in Black.

    Katerina Zacharia: Remembering Michael Cacoyannis

  • This primitivist terrain has been with us at least since the eighteenth century when Bougainville published illustrations of those charming and elegant Tahitians, Rousseau found man good in his native state, and Marie Antoinette played milkmaid at Versailles.

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