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    The first international naive art exhibition to be held in Britain opened in London on Tuesday (25 September), attracting paintings from thirty-eight countries.

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    The first international naive art exhibition to be held in Britain opened in London on Tuesday (25 September), attracting paintings from thirty-eight countries.

    SYNOPSIS: The hundreds of works of art on display in the Hamilton Galleries are classified by the term "naive" - an expression which literally means innocent, and ironically, artless. When applied to painting, the term takes on extra significance. These works of Argentine painter ??? "Operaciones en ??? and. "Campo de Girasoles" demonstrate the qualities associated with naive painting. Innocence and artlessness come to imply a style unaffected by conventional genres of art. The painters are untrained and express their image of the world without any reference to traditions of perspective and form.

    Another South American artist whose work is on display is the Brazilian painter Crisaldo Morais. Naive styles are an expression of a pure vision - whatever the theme, the artist portrays the scene simply as he perceives or imagines it, and the result is an often starting use of shape and colour. Design shines through - as in Haiti artist Etienne Channes' "Market Scene" but the patterns which emerge appear to be uncontrived. Murat St. Vil, who is also from Haiti, demonstrates the imaginative rather than realistic themes of many of the paintings in his work "Floating Gardens".

    The Brazilian artist "Juca" whose real name is Ovidio Melo, chose commonplace scenes for some of his work. Apart from "Angra" two other paintings "Dinner" and "After Presenting Credentials" demonstrate the naive artist's ability to transform a mundane scene into an extraordinary image of reality as he sees it. Many Eastern European artists have work on show including Ioan Grigorescu of Romania and Ondrej Steberl of Czechoslovakia whose "Christ on the Cross" is one of several religious pictures in the exhibition. The exhibition organisers avoided offering a precise definition of naive art in the catalogue preferring to sum up the effect of the collection in one word - magical.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9UMJXJ1H3UC0V2J8XGF0A5EEU
    Media URN:
    VLVA9UMJXJ1H3UC0V2J8XGF0A5EEU
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/09/1979
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:00:00
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