Chapter 7. Rupture. Ideological, aesthetic, and educational transformations in Danish picturebooks around 1933

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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.


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