This now classic study maps the profound effect of primitive art on modern, as well as the primitivizing strain in modern art itself. Robert Goldwater describes how and why works by primitive artists attracted modern painters and sculptors, and he delineates the differences between what is truly primitive or archaic and what intentionally embodies such elements.

Primitivism in Modern Art 1986, Belknap Press, Cambridge, MA

ISBN-13: 9780674704909

Trade paperback

Primitivism in Modern Art 1986, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass. [u.a.]

ISBN-13: 9780674281875