The Innocent Eye by Jonathan D. Fineberg

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The 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.

About Jonathan D. Fineberg

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Romance author Jayne Ann Krentz was born in Borrego Springs, California on March 28, 1948. She received a B.A. in history from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a Masters degree in library science from San Jose State University. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked as a librarian. Her novels include: Truth or Dare, All Night Long, and Copper Beach. She has written under seven different names: Jayne Bentley, Amanda Glass, Stephanie James, Jayne Taylor, Jayne Castle, Amanda Quick and Jayne Ann Krentz. Her first book, Gentle Pirate, was published in 1980 under the name Jayne Castle. She currently uses only three personas to represent her three specialties. She uses the name Jayne Ann Krentz for her contemporary pieces, Amanda Quick for her historical fiction pieces, and Jayne Castle for her futuristic pieces. She has received numerous awards for her work including the 1995 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Trust Me, the 2004 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Falling Awake, the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, the Romantic Times Jane Austen Award, and the Susan Koppelman Award for Feminist Studies for Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women: Romance Writers on the Appeal of the Romance.
Published January 11, 1997 by Princeton University Press. 248 pages
Genres: History, Arts & Photography, Children's Books, Education & Reference, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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""The idea that modern art looks like something a child could do is one of the oldest cliches around,"" says Fineberg, a professor of art history at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and author of Art since 1940: Strategies of Being.

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