Folk Art Unit 1
Sometimes known as "primitive" or "naive," folk art is produced by artists who lack formal training.  As a result, their works are characteristically weak in anatomy and perspective.   Still, folk art is strong in pattern, design and emotion.

Many of our early artists traveled from town to town, painting signs, coaches and houses to support themselves.  They were sometimes known as "limners."

Our knowledge of the daily lives of common people often comes from studying folk art from a given period.

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Edward Hicks

American Folk Art Museum

Metropolitan Museum of Art