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Naive art

Naive 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.

The term naive 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 naive artists. Over time it has become an acceptable style.

The characteristics of naive 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 example could be called pseudo-naive.

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, naive art, is folk art.

Naive artists

  • Alfred Wallis
  • Bogosav Živkovic
  • Camille Bombois
  • Derold Page
  • Dragan Gaži
  • Dragiša Stanisavljevic
  • Dušan Jevtovic
  • Edward Hicks
  • Emerik Feješ
  • Ferenc Kalmar
  • Franjo Filipovic
  • Franjo Klopotan
  • Franjo Mraz
  • Grandma Moses
  • Heinz Steinmann
  • Henri Rousseau
  • Horace Pippin
  • Dragutin Aleksic
  • Ilija Bašicevic Bosilj
  • Ilija Filipovic
  • Ivan Generalic
  • Ivan Rabuzin
  • Ivan Veceraj
  • Janko Brašic
  • Josip Generalic
  • Milan Rašic
  • Milan Stanisavljevic
  • Milosav Jovanovic
  • Mirko Virius
  • Morris Hirschfield
  • Bryan Pearce
  • Sava Sekulic