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2003 - 2005

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To Sever Development in Two: the Virtues of Primitivism in Emil Filla and Karel Teige

http://aesthetics.ff.cuni.cz/archive/174/to-sever-development-in-two-the-virtues-of-primitivism-in-emil-filla-and-karel-teige

 

The study looks at the conception of primitivism as defined by Emil Filla around 1910, and by Karel Teige ten years later. It draws attention to the most important sources behind both theories and looks for common features, despite the differences between them in terms of time and meaning. The similarities can be summarised in three main points: 1) For Teige and Filla, primitivism was only a transitional, subsidiary phase that led to another more advanced stage (in Filla’s case, stylistic classicism,in Teige’s case, new proletarian art). 2) In both cases, primitivism was historicised and thus placed within a broader developmental model. (With Filla, similarities were sought in the transition from late Roman to early Christian art. Teige saw a link between primitivism and empire.) 3) For Teige and Filla, the ascent of primitivism marked a radical change from their previous artistic development, figuratively speaking a break in two. This characteristic is given by the very nature of primitivism: when primitivism appears on the scene of art history, it contrasts with tradition and academicism and is the diametrical opposite of the period preceding it.

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