• The Innovative Downtrodden: The Importance of Primitivism in Ukrainian Modernist Art

    Author(s):
    Intaglio Journal (view group) , Katrin Zavgorodny-Freedman
    Date:
    2020
    Subject(s):
    Modernism (Art)
    Item Type:
    Article
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/6dt3-bs75
    Abstract:
    In the early twentieth century, modernist art emerged as a reaction to modernity and sought to overthrow the predominant Western artistic tradition. European artists from across the continent challenged deep-seated artistic norms by creating innovative abstract art. Single-point perspective and representational art had been the default since the Renaissance — a direct approach to art through which the image contained all necessary information with no need for context or input from the viewer. Modernism subverted this tradition by adopting non-figural and non-representational forms and a flat, non-illusionistic canvas. European Cubist artists further challenged entrenched norms through “primitivism,” in which they were influenced by the art of Africa and Asia to explore non-Western ways of seeing and develop new artistic paradigms. Within the wider spheres of primitivism and Cubism, Ukrainian abstract art of the early twentieth century rose to prominence. However, Ukrainian avant-garde art is unique in the world of modern art due to its inward (as opposed to external) interpretation of primitivism.
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