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    The Innocent Eye: Children's Art and the Modern Artist (Paperback) By (author) Jonathan David Fineberg


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    DescriptionThe idea that modern art looks like something a child can do is a long-standing cliche. However, for some modernists the connection between their work and children's art was direct and explicit. Centred on such modern masters as Klee, Kandinsky, Picasso and Miro, this book presents material from the collections of child art that these artists actually possessed as they undertook some of the greatest works of their careers. It explores the importance of children's art to key modernists from Matisse to Jackson Pollock, and juxtaposes modern masterpieces with the drawings by children that directly influenced them. Discussing the effect of primitivism and Freudian thought on some of these artists, this work demonstrates how they valued children's art for many reasons, including its naive spontaneity and celebration of the moment, and its imaginative use of visual language. In chapters devoted to Larionov, Kandinsky and Muenter, Klee, Picasso, Miro, Dubuffet, the Cobra artists, and artists after World War II, the author examines how each artist exploited aspects of child art to formulate his or her own artistic breakthroughs.

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    The Innocent Eye
    Children's Art and the Modern Artist
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jonathan David Fineberg
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 264
    Width: 240 mm
    Height: 290 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 1,470 g
    ISBN 13: 9780691016849
    ISBN 10: 0691016844

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.1
    LC subject heading:
    BIC E4L: ART
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: ACX
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: FAM000000
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 709.04
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: ART050000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: ART015100
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: ART027000
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Illustrations note
    178 colour illustrations, 140 halftones
    Princeton University Press
    Imprint name
    Princeton University Press
    Publication date
    09 March 1999
    Publication City/Country
    New Jersey
    Review quote
    An illuminating and at times revelatory new book.