Reference Library: Naïve art
Naïve art is created by untrained artists. It is characterized by simplicity and a lack of the elements or qualities found in the art of formally trained artists. (See also, outsider art, with which it bears many similarities.)
The term naïve art presumes the existence (by contrast) of an academy and of a generally accepted educated manner of art creation, most often painting. In practice, however, there are schools of naïve artists. Over time it has become an acceptable style.
The characteristics of naïve art are an awkward relationship to the formal qualities of painting; for example, difficulties with drawing and perspective that result in a charmingly awkward and often refreshing vision; strong use of pattern, unrefined colour, and simplicity rather than subtlety are all supposed markers of naive art. It has become such a popular and recognisable style that many examples could be called pseudo-naïve.
'Primitive art' is another term often applied to the art of those without formal training. This is distinguished from the self-conscious movement primitivism. Another term related to, but not completely synonymous with, naïve art, is folk art.
*Ivan Lacković Croata
*[http://www.naiveart.org.yu/indexe.htm Museum of Naive Art]
*[http://www.daprix.com/barton/artist/naive.html Introduction to Naive Art]
*[http://www.hmnu.org/en/default.asp Croatian Museum of Naive Art]
*[http://www.artjoyeux.com Joyous Art]
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