International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Development of Naive Art and Turkish Naive Artists

Naive art that emerged in literature in the 17th century and in plastic arts in the 19th century has been an issue for its word meaning and artistic features. Mixed with concepts like children art, folkloric art, and primitive art; its difference was questioned. Necessary features of a ‘naive’ artwork, questioning if the naive artist educated or not and to what extent education affects naivety; are points of discussion regarding naive art. Based on these discussions, the article referred to views of different authors, and discussed the features of naive art and its differences and similarities with other forms of art. Also, the development of naive art in Turkey was mentioned briefly and Turkish naive artists were addressed. While discussing Turkish naive artists the classification of Fahir Aksoy, one of the prominent Turkish naives, was mentioned under two titles, ‘naives educated on arts’ and ‘naives did not educated on art’.

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