primitive artists


Henri Rousseau - Toll Gate (The Customs Post) [c.1890] by Gandalf’s Gallery

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<br />[The Courtauld Institute and Art Gallery, London - Oil on canvas, 61 x 49.5 cm]

Henri Julien Félix Rousseau was a French post-impressionist painter in the Naïve or Primitive manner. He was also known as Le Douanier, a humorous description of his occupation as a toll collector.


Earth and Fire: Anasazi Style Pottery

“Earth and Fire” is a documentary poem about artist and primitive potter Kelly Magleby. Kelly went into the backcountry of Southern Utah with a knife and a buckskin for 10 days to try to learn about Anasazi pottery by doing it the way the Anasazi did it. Funded by Primitive Found (.org), music by Jason Shaw @, check out Kelly’s art at This the 1st video of 2016 for The Talking Fly short documentary project by filmmaker Steve Olpin, Enjoy!

Watch this more for the process in making the ceramics than perhaps accuracy. There are a few things I have issues with like the use of watermelon (Old World, domesticated in Egypt) and calling it Anasazi pottery. But it’s still neat and fun to watch. This reminds me of the Primitive Technology guy where things are shown rather than spoken.