Meticulously detailed drawings, a simple technique, and bright colours are three important characteristics of Naïve art, which for a long time was considered 'primitive' or even retarded. Now Naïve art is recognised 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 Naïve art. The multi-faceted world of the Naïve 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 contemporary Colombian artist Fernando Botero.
Natalia Brodskaïa is an art historian attached to The State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg. She has made the Post-Impressionists her special subject and has written extensively on the Nabis and the Fauves movement.
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