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ERIC Number: EJ1080183
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Dec
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0045-6713
The Appropriation of Fine Art into Contemporary Narrative Picturebooks
Serafini, Frank
Children's Literature in Education, v46 n4 p438-453 Dec 2015
Many picturebook artists have been formally trained in specific artistic styles, movements, and techniques. These artists appropriate and transform works of fine art to varying degrees to fit the themes and designs of the stories they illustrate and publish, and to increase the significance and impact of their illustrations. The intertextual-intervisual associations among picturebook illustrations and works of fine art are important considerations for understanding the meaning potentials of the designs and illustrations of contemporary narrative picturebooks. This paper focuses on the appropriation and transformation of works of fine art into contemporary narrative picturebook illustrations. The analysis of numerous picturebooks asserts three forms of appropriation, namely: (1) reproduction, (2) transfiguration, (3) stylization. These three forms of appropriation may be further conceptualized as falling along a continuum ranging from "faithful reproductions" to "stylistic conventionalizations". "Reproduction" is conceptualized as a mimetic reproduction of an original work of fine art. It is a "faithful rendering" of an original artwork, most frequently achieved through a photographic or digital rendering process. In the second form of appropriation, "transfiguration", a single work of fine art is identifiable but the picturebook artist has transformed the image to fit the context and purpose of a particular picturebook narrative and design. In "stylization", a specific work of art is not readily identifiable, but a particular art movement, for example cubism, surrealism, or folk art is drawn upon by the illustrator.
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Language: English
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