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A naïve or inexperienced person

Common clues: Innocent one; Babe in the woods; Ingenuous sort; Artless one; Greenhorn; Inexperienced person; Wide-eyed one

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Naïve art is characterized by a childlike simplicity. (See also outsider art, to which it bears many similarities.) It is a gross oversimplification to assume that Naïve art is created by people with little or no formal art training.

Example of Radi Nedelchev's work

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

The characteristics of naïve art are an awkward relationship to the formal qualities of painting. 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 naïve art. It has, however, become such a popular and recognisable style that many examples could be called pseudo-naïve.

Whereas naïve art ideally describes the work of an artist who did not receive a formal education in an art school or academy, for example Henri Rousseau or Alfred Wallis, 'pseudo naïve' or 'faux naïve' art describes the work of an artist working in a more imitative or self-conscious mode and whose work can be seen as more imitative than original.

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Naive art".  

NAIF (63) 18 We+ >1 09 Babe in the woods FAWN LAMB

9 We >1 08 Innocent BABE LAMB PURE

7 Tu >1 09 Innocent one BABE LAMB

3 Fr- >1 07 Ingenuous sort

2 Tu >1 02 Artless one

06 Childlike person

2 Th- >1 00 Greenhorn COLT TIRO TYRO

2 Th- >1 99 Inexperienced one TYRO

2 Th- >1 99 Inexperienced person

2 Th- LAT 08 Ingenuous one

2 >1 07 Unworldly person

2 Tu- >1 06 Wide-eyed one

1 Th NYT 74 Artless

1 Tu LAT 02 Dewy-eyed one

1 Fr CSy 02 Gullible person

95 Having a true luster, as gemstones

1 We NYT 95 Lacking savoir-faire

1 We NYS 05 Newbie TYRO

1 Mo LAT 04 One wet behind the ears

1 We Tau 08 One with no idea

1 We CSy 97 Simple-minded person

01 Unsophisticated Frenchman

1 Fr LAT 97 Unsophisticated person

1 Th WSJ 07 Unsophisticated sort RUBE

1 Sa NYT 01 Unversed sort