Chapter 7. Rupture. Ideological, aesthetic, and educational transformations in Danish picturebooks around 1933
This chapter discusses the sources of influence on progressive Danish picturebooks from the 1930s and 1940s. The impact of Russian avant-garde books is described, followed by a discussion of the terms ‘Modernism’ and ‘avant-garde’. Four picturebooks are analyzed with a focus on new elements related to visual expression, ideological content, verbal expression, and the image of the child. The conclusion is that picturebook creators were inspired by a number of sources, leading to the beginning of a new era of picturebook creation in Scandinavia that is too complex to be summarized in one word.