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

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

by Jonathan Fineberg
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691086826

ISBN-13: 9780691086828

Pub. Date: 01/03/2001

Publisher: Princeton University Press

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

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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 Miró; 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 Miró 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 Würwag.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691086828
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
01/03/2001
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
7.59(w) x 10.04(h) x 0.62(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Foreword
The Art of Unlearning3
Beginning with the Child15
Viollet-le-Duc's Histoire d'un dessinateur27
Larionov and Children's Drawings40
Children's Drawing in Russian Futurism55
"There Is an Unconscious, Vast Power in the Child": Notes on Kandinsky, Munter and Children's Drawings68
Paul Klee and Children's Art95
The Issue of Childhood in Klee's Late Work122
From Primitivist Phylogeny to Formalist Ontogeny: Roger Fry and Children's Drawings157
Miro and Children's Drawings201
The Infant in the Adult: Joan Miro and the Infantile Image210
Magic Figures: Jorn, Cobra and Children's Drawings235
From Wonder to Blunder: The Child Is Mother to the Man242
Notes on the Contributors263
Index265

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