primitivism

Discipline: Art

(19th-20th century)

A term used to describe the work of untrained 'Sunday painters' whose naively produced works fall outside the canon of aesthetic principles.

This style is distinguished by extreme detail, overcrowded compositions, the use of brilliant and saturated color and little attention to correct perspective.

A popular movement in Eastern Europe, its style is also typified in the work of the American EDWARD HICKS (1780-1849) and the Frenchman HENRI 'DOUANIER' ROUSSEAU (1844-1910).

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