Artists and Wunderkids

Why is child art so important in 20th-century Australian art? From the turn of the century there was a European upsurge of interest in the art of children manifested in surveys of large samples of their work (Corrado Ricci, Georg Kerschensteiner and James Sully, for example), the collecting of children’s art by artists (including Mikhail Larionov, Natalia Gontcharova, Wassily Kandinsky and Gabriele Münter) and exhibitions of child art in many major cities.

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