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Naïve art
Brodskai͡a, N. V. (Natalʹi͡a Valentinovna)
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Parkstone Press USA, [2000]

Physical Description:
192 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), portraits ; 33 cm.
General Note:
Originally published in Russian.
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ND1267 .B76 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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Meticulously detailed drawings, a simple technique, and bright colors are three important characteristics of Naive art, which for a long time was considered or even retarded. Now Naive art is recognized for its refreshing vision of the world. The artists find their subjects in everyday life, yet transcend the mundane through imagination and poetic insight.

This book explores the different roots and traditions of Naive art. The multi-faceted world of the Naive painters is illustrated in a copious iconography, from the time of Rousseau (1844-1910) in France and Piromanaschwili (1862-1918) in Russian Georgia to the Colombian artist Fernando Botero in our own time.

Reviews 1

Library Journal Review

A scholar and curator at the Hermitage Museum, Brodskaia surveys the genre of "nave art," broadly referring to artists without formal training (although this approach is perhaps more commonly known as outsider or self-taught art). While interest in this kind of art is currently on a global scale, Brodskaia concentrates on early European appreciation during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. As artists like Pablo Picasso and collectors like Gertrude Stein began exploring medieval and Sub-Saharan African traditions, local French "Primitives"Dnamely, Henri RousseauDemerged. What makes this book worth considering is Brodskaia's knowledge of Russian and Eastern European nave artists. Except for Ivan Generalic, not many of the painters she discusses are well known in the West. This is a useful book for larger collections, but much of the material can be found in comprehensive reference sources on the subject.DSusan Lense, Upper Arlington P.L., OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.