Naive Art Period, Naive Art History, Naive Artists
Naive Art, or Outsider Art, refers to works by artists in sophisticated societies who reject or lack professional training. Naive artists create art with the same passion and intentions as trained artists, but work without formal knowledge of methods and training. Naive artwork is characterized by the use of bright strong colors, highly detailed images, and an absence of perspective (creating the fantastical illusion of forms and figures floating in space). Naive art represents memories, dreams, fantasies and scenes from every day life with an emphasis on color and shapes. Naive is often associated with Folk Art, but they are very different because of the simple fact that Naive art is less concerned with social structures, political correctness, and traditions. Naive art emerged in the last fifty years as one of contemporary art’s most important styles because it has endured the ever changing styles around it, and remains generally the same. It is interesting to note that despite the large number of primitive or naive painters around the world, they all possess a distinct unity of style. Famous Naive artists include Henri Rousseau and Grandma Moses.