Primitive Art Its Traditions and Styles Author:Paul S. Wingert In this book one of the world's foremost authorities on primitive art presents for the layman a panoramic view of this newly popular field. Mr. Wingert's book is the best introduction yet produced for anyone who enjoys reading about primitive art, looking at it in galleries or museums, and--perhaps--starting to collect it. As a beginning, the au... more »thor carefully defines what primitive art is, and comments on past and present attitudes toward it. He also investigates the physical, psychological, and sociological backgrounds of primitive art so that the reader can clearly envisage the cultural setting in which any work was produced most of the book is then devoted to an examination of primitive art produced in the major areas of Negro Africa, Oceania, and North America, with more general reference to Indonesia, Micronesia, Australia, South America, and Eskimo North America. The works of art are analyzed to discover the aesthetic qualities that characterize the numerous styles within the traditions of the regions examined. In this way the objects are not isolated, culturally or aesthetically, from the lives of the people and so significance of the art forms becomes apparent.
By the traditional arts of primitive peoples, Mr. Wingert means that which was produced as an outgrowth of their cultures up to the time of continuous contact with the European civilization. He assesses this primitive art of its own time and place in relation to the history of world art, and also presents an aesthetic of it through an analysis of the physical and artistic qualities of many selected, representative examples.
Professor Wingert's informed and expressive text is supplemented by 126 illustrations of important examples of primitive art, many of them never before reproduced in a book. They are drawn from major collections all over the world. Together the text and the illustrations comprise a most informative, readable, and attractive guide to primitive art.
Paul Wingert, Professor of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University, has written separate books on the art of Negro Africa, the American Indian, and the Pacific Islands, and, in collaboration with Ralph Linton and René d'Harnoncourt, is author of Arts of the South Seas (published by the Museum of Modern Art) and, with Everard M. Upjohn and Jane Gaston Mahler, of History of World Art.« less