To some the idea that modern art (or childlike art if you want) looks like something that anyone can create, is total fucking nonsense. Most artists understand that to paint a childlike abstract, is undoubtly more difficult than it looks at first. In fact i believe that only by using a set of drawing skills not yet impacted by the rules of perspective, relational size and color guidelines is the only way you can achive this. What also impedes some artists from doing so, is that they are trying to fucking hard to create things realisticly. However for children, the effort, no matter how quaint or ‘primitive’ to someone else viewing it, is usually an effortless
success. The innocence of it all is to me worth the world.
Artists like Henri Matisse noted the importance of children’s art, but did not eagerly embrace it as an influence in his work; Wassily Kandinsky collected children’s work and actively included imagery from some of these drawings in his paintings, particularly in his earlier pre-war landscapes; Picasso was known to say that, “It took him years to learn to draw like a child.” While he never actively embraced children’s motifs in his paintings, certain aspects of Picasso’s work show the attribution of childlike technics were in some way applied.