were words pronounced by Picasso when talking about his inspiration on the Demoiselles d'Avignon. Rubin also states Picasso having said during a visit to the Ethnographic Museum at the Trocadéro in Paris: “All alone in this frightful museum with masks, Red Indian dolls and dust-covered mannequins. The Demoiselles d’Avignon must have come to me that very day, but not at all because of the forms; because it was my first exorcism painting!”
As you say unconciously primitive arts must have influenced modern artists because we can find certain elements or hints in there works.
As for me I was rather unaware of primitive or primary arts until I visited the Museum of Primitive Arts in Paris (which I believe is the biggest museum of Primitive arts in the world) over a year ago. I was struck by the architecture of the museum and the way the objects were displayed but did not feel connected with what I saw.
As stupid as it may seem, its after discovering the Masques collection this year that I went back to the museum in Paris and this time I had a different "eye" on what was exhibited. I no longer looked at the objects as items which needed to speak to my aesthetic senses but rather as objects which are an intricate part of our history, objects which truly have soul because they were made with love and respect for certain events important in the lives of their makers.