Thursday, June 25, 2015

Template:Refimprive Neo-primitivism was a Russian art movement which took its name from the 31-page pamphlet Neo-primitivizm, by Aleksandr Shevchenko (1913). In the pamphlet Shevchenko proposes a new style of modern painting which fuses elements of Cézanne, Cubism and Futurism with traditional Russian 'folk art' conventions and motifs, notably the russian icon and the lubok.

Neo-primitivism in the West is also used as a wider term to describe the work of artists/philosophers who aspire to the ideology or aesthetic of primitivism. As a modern art form, neo-primitivism is a radical and influential movement within the realm of body modification. As a political/social movement, neo-primitivism is commonly associated with the author/philosopher John Zerzan, and is closely linked, often interchangeably, with the Neo-tribalism movement.

Neo-primitive artists

Russian artists associated with Neo-primitivism include:

  • David Burlyuk
  • Marc Chagall
  • Pavel Filonov
  • Natalia Goncharova
  • Mikhail Larionov
  • Kasimir Malevich
  • Aleksandr Shevchenko
  • Igor Stravinsky

Retrieved from

  • Neo-primitivism


  • Shevchenko, Aleksandr. 1913. Neo-primitivizm: ego teoriia, ego vozmozhnosti, ego dostizheniia. Moscow: [s.n.].

Further reading

  • Cowell, Henry. 1933. "Towards Neo-Primitivism". Modern Music 10, no. 3 (Marchâ€"April): 149â€"53. Reprinted in Essential Cowell: Selected writings on Music by Henry Cowell, 1921â€"1964, edited by Richard Carter (Dick) Higgins and Bruce McPherson, with a preface by Kyle Gann, 299â€"303. Kingston, NY: Documentext, 2002. ISBN 978-0-929701-63-9.
  • Doherty, Allison. 1983. "Neo-Primitivism". MFA diss. Syracuse: Syracuse University.
  • Floirat, Anetta. "Chagall and Stravinsky: Parallels Between a Painter and a Musician Convergence of Interests",, April 2015.
  • Garafola, Lynn. 1989. "The Making of Ballet Modernism". Dance Research Journal 20, no. 2 (Winter: Russian Issue): 23â€"32.
  • Hicken, Adrian. 1995. "The Quest for Authenticity: Folkloric Iconography and Jewish Revivalism in Early Orphic Art of Marc Chagall (c. 1909â€"1914)". In Fourth International Symposium Folkloreâ€"Musicâ€"Work of Art, edited by Sonja Marinković and Mirjana Veselinović-Hofman, 47â€"66. Belgrade: Fakultet Muzičke Umetnosti.
  • Nemirovskaâ, Izol'da Abramovna [Немировская, Изольда Абрамовна]. 2011. "Музыка для детей И.Стравинского в контексте художественной культуры рубежа XIX-ХХ веков" [Stravinsky's Music for Children and Art Culture at the Turn of the Twentieth Century]. In Ð'опросы музыкознания: Теория, история, методика. IV [Problems in Musicology: Theory, History, Methodology. IV], edited by Ûrij Nikolaevic Byckov [Юрий Николаевич Ð'ычков] and Izol'da Abramovna Nemirovskaâ [Изольда Абрамовна Немировская], 37â€"51. Moscow: Gosudarstvennyj Institut Muzyki im. A.G. Snitke. ISBN 978-5-98079-720-1.
  • Sharp, Jane Ashton. 1992. "Primitivism, 'Neoprimitivism', and the Art of Natal'ia Gonchrova, 1907â€"1914". Ph.D. diss. New Haven: Yale University.

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