What is it about?

This article examines an account of avant-garde artist Maruja Mallo's experiment teaching art to children in 1933-1934 as part of a Spanish Republican initiative inspired in Mexican pedagogy. The drawings Mallo offered the unidentified author of the piece are analyzed for social content, with the claim made, finally, that the Republican effort resulted only a few years later in the well-known drawings made by children during the Spanish Civil War.

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Why is it important?

Although the republican initiative is well-known and a generation of young artists signed on to be teachers, little has been written about their experience and its impact.

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Helps us see some of the many sides of the avant-garde's well-known interest in children's art.

Dr Roberta Ann Quance

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This page is a summary of: Maruja Mallo and the Interest in Children's Art during the Second Spanish Republic, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, January 2013, Liverpool University Press, DOI: 10.3828/bhs.2013.49.
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