faux-naïf

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faux-na·ïf

also faux-naif  (fō-nä-ēf′)
adj.
Marked by a false show of innocent simplicity: "Their gee-whiz, faux-naif comportment is not always convincing" (Madison Smartt Bell).

[French : faux, false + naïf, naive.]

faux-naïf

(fonaif)
adj
appearing or seeking to appear simple and unsophisticated: a faux-naïf narration.
n
a person who pretends to be naïve
[French: false naïve]

faux-naïf

A French word meaning false naïve, used to describe someone or something with a false appearance of unsophistication.
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Lux's faux-naif pronouncements on migration can feel a little like a manifesto, though heartfelt.
But, although extremely impressive as a performance, the work's faux-naif charms ran out of steam well before its 50 minutes were up and it descended into silliness.
Like his earlier collages, these faux-naif pictures show the influence of Pop Art, but they are also essentially Indian, notably in their use of the bright colours with which shopkeepers in the subcontinent enliven their modest premises.
La piece relate le quotidien de Djeha et sa femme et detaille, a travers des scenes loufoques, la relation entre le couple tout en zoomant sur le personnage ingenu et faux-naif de Djeha.
The look of the work varies from faux-naif to retro (Victorian, Art Deco, and others) to tattoo-flash to hard B&W graphic styles.
The odd work out in Jacklin's current show is "Skaters" (2011), fabricated in corten steel, in which a blade-traced racetrack riot overwhelmed by skaters is most reminiscent of Wanda Gag's monotone children's book Millions of Cats, American primitive cut-paper landscapes, and even Kara Walker's faux-naif silhouettes.
Children (and adults) do not need faux-naif, manipulative, emotionally inauthentic Holocaust books.
Visitors will enjoy the faux-naif style of Amrik Varkalis, which leads to some jolly acrylic paintings like Among The Hills and Local Woods, Quietness of Winter and Waiting for Fresh Leaves.
Yes, everybody's favorite elfin-sized faux-naif progressive-liberal exegete is doing just swell on his own, confronting human rights and social injustice while not embracing the ideology that art can make one whit of difference.
Blackhall frantically scribbled cryptic massages ("She was laughing so hard that I stepped back because I feared she could explode") and faux-naif images onto the flour dusted screens.
Centered on Bruno, the young son of a concentration-camp commander, it's written in a faux-naif style, and from a knowing third-person viewpoint rather than that of the kid himself.
The opening song, for example, Pryfed Yn Dy Ben (Worm In Your Head), showcases the faux-naif, bucolic sound of Belle and Sebastian perfectly.