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Children's Culture and the Avant-Garde: Painting in Paris, by Marilynn Strasser Olson

By Marilynn Strasser Olson

This quantity explores the mutual affects among children’s literature and the avant-garde. Olson areas specific concentrate on fin-de-siècle Paris, the place the Avant-garde used to be no longer unified in inspiration and there has been room for modernism to overlap with children’s literature and tradition within the Golden Age. the information explored by means of artists corresponding to Florence Upton, Henri Rousseau, Sir William Nicholson, Paula Modersohn-Becker, and Marc Chagall have been disseminated extensively in cultural productions for kids; their paintings, in flip, stimulated children’s tradition. those artists became to children’s tradition as a "new means of seeing," allied to a modern curiosity in foreign inventive types. Children’s tradition additionally has robust ties to decadence and to the ugly, the latter of which grew to become a distinctively Modernist imaginative and prescient.


This publication visits the features of the period that have been outlined as uniquely childlike, the relation of adolescence to low and high artwork, and the relation of children’s literature to fin-de-siècle inventive traits. themes of curiosity contain using non-European figures (the Golliwogg), methods to faith and pedagogy, to oppression and motherhood, to Nature in a post-Darwinian international, and to imaginative and prescient in paintings and lifestyles. Olson’s specific concentration covers new floor via concentrating no longer easily on kid's literature, yet on how formative years reports and tradition determine in art.

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