Franz Cizek Collection

Franz Cizek Collection

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This collection contains over 100 drawings, paintings and prints by children in Cizek’s Juvenile Art Classes in Vienna during the 1920s. The work was first exhibited in London in 1921 by Francesca Wilson, a Birmingham teacher. This and subsequent exhibitions under the auspices of Save the Children Fund, had a great influence on art educationalists such as Marion Richardson and inspired many of the ideas associated with the Child Art Movement.

 

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Cizek’s work was promoted in England by Francesca Wilson and the later writings of Wilhelm Viola, whose advocacy assured Cizek’s position as an innovator in his teaching methods and as an agent for change in the recognition of the value of child art.

‘People make a great mistake in thinking of child art merely as a step to adult art. It is a thing in itself, quite shut off and isolated, following its own laws and not the laws of grown up people. Once it’s blossoming time is over it will never come again’. Franz Cizek 1921

The collection also includes papers, letters, books, catalogues and other material relating to the work of Franz Cizek.