Discovering Child Art: Essays on Childhood, Primitivism, and Modernism

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Jonathan Fineberg
Princeton University Press, 1998 - 271 pages
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This book brings together thirteen distinguished critics and scholars to explore children's art and its profound but rarely documented influence on the evolution of modern art. It shows that children's art and childhood have inspired major works of art, served as central metaphors for artistic spontaneity and honesty, and provided a window into the fundamental human qualities explored by modern artists.

The volume complements editor Jonathan Fineberg's groundbreaking new book, The Innocent Eye (Princeton, 1997), in which he showed how many of the greatest masters of modern art collected and were directly influenced by children's drawings. Contributors here both expand on Fineberg's themes and take the study of children's art in new directions. They examine, for example, the influence of child art on such artists as Kandinsky, Klee, Larionov, and Mir ; the diverse styles of children's art; the influence of Romantic ideas on perceptions of children's art; the conception of giftedness versus education in children's drawings; and the relationship between children's art and primitivism. The book offers unique glimpses into the working processes of great modern artists, presenting, for example, Dora Vallier's personal recollections of Mir and his creative process, and new documentation about the works of the Russian avant-garde. The essays draw on art theory, psychology, and the close study of individual works of art and written texts. Discovering Child Art will appeal to a wide range of readers, including art historians, psychologists, and art educators.

Contributors to the book are Troels Andersen, Rudolf Arnheim, John Carlin, Marcel Franciscono, Ernst Gombrich, Christopher Green, Josef Helfenstein, Werner Hofmann, Yuri Molok, G. G. Pospelov, Richard Shiff, Dora Vallier, and Barbara W rwag.

 

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Table des matières

The Art of Unlearning
3
Beginning with the Child
15
ViolletleDucs Histoire dun dessinateur
27
Larionov and Childrens Drawings
40
Childrens Drawing in Russian Futurism
55
Notes on Kandinsky Miinter and Childrens Drawings
68
Paul Klee and Childrens Art
95
The Issue of Childhood in Klees Late Work
122
Roger Fry and Childrens Drawings
157
Miro and Childrens Drawings
201
Joan Miro and the Infantile Image Christopher Green
210
Jorn Cobra and Childrens Drawings
235
The Child Is Mother to the Man
242
Notes on the Contributors
263
Index
265
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