Museum of Naïve and Marginal Art, Jagodina, Serbia


 


 

NAIVE ARTISTS IN THE COLLECTION OF MNMA

 

The world naÏve first appeared in 18th century France meaning guiltless, innocent, openhearted, sincere, natural, simple, limited. NaÏve painters were considered those with clumsy technique, a simple thematic approach and childlike vision in comparison with academic standards. However, writers and thinkers were of a different opinion. Stendal noted in his diary that for him naivety was, in fact, the sublimity of daily life. Kant stated that superficiality had become a secure nature of man, and that naivety, as an original human characteristic, was very rare.