Early or undeveloped; simple. Caution: what one person interprets as primitive is likely to be interpreted by some as sophisticated in other ways. Such things are relative. Some prefer the term "primal." Primitive should not be confused with naive, folk, or outsider art, although some artists have intentionally made art so that it will display qualities of primitive art.Quote: "A primitive artist is an amateur whose work sells." Grandma Moses [Anna Mary Robertson] (1860-1961), American painter. Also see Aboriginal art, African art, basket, ceramics, charm, civilization, dance, ethnic, fetish, fine art, mask, metal, shaman, shamanism, and textile.