Artists and Wunderkids

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, the collecting of childrens art by artists and exhibitions of child art in many major cities. This article also looks at the notion of degenerate art both historically and in contemporary society, the teachings of Marion Richardson in England and Franz Cizek in Austria encouraging children to draw what they saw and felt, and various ways adult artists employ child-like techniques and modes of expression through their practices. Some of the key figures here discussed include Margaret Preston, John Olsen, Ross Crothall, Ian Burn, Robert MacPherson, Jenny Watson, Gordon Bennett and Robert Rooney.

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