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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Ek avoided the trap of being arch or faux-naif in this plea to the Virgin Mary - the repeated cry of "dulcis" was both sweet and moving.
Mocquet's unlimited imagination and singular faux-naif style are unforgettable and from the start her work has been received with great applause from the critics and the public.
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.
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.
The opening song, for example, Pryfed Yn Dy Ben (Worm In Your Head), showcases the faux-naif, bucolic sound of Belle and Sebastian perfectly.
However, the Gorry Gallery exhibits Irish Old Masters a couple of times a year, as it has done for decades, while the Oriel Gallery carries a stock of work by Irish cubists from the first half of the last century, such as Evie Hone and Mainie Jellett, as well as pictures by Markey Robinson, whose faux-naif images of thatched cottages remain inexplicably popular.
It was an image that was achieved only by a marginalisation of the most concrete and tragic narrative of all, that of indigenous Australians -- the masterstroke of which was the faux-naif `wonderland' style of the opening ceremony.
In their gilded heyday, lyricist William Schwenck Gilbert and composer Arthur Sullivan were the leading purveyors of English opera burlesque, that stoutly middle-class art form consisting of faux-naif characters, tongue-twisting verse and preposterous comic plots that gently stood the prevailing social order on its venerable head.
Again and again, he plays the same revolting character: a ludicrously sensitive, caring, sharing, faux-naif figure, a gentle rebel, a child trapped in an adult's body (I was trapped in a woman's body once, by the way, and it's not nice - vaginismus can be a painful business).
The Swedish soprano Klara Ek was perfect in her depiction of the child's vision of heaven - not arch, knowing or faux-naif - but sweet, pure-toned and utterly convincing.
Yet there is nothing of the "outsider" in his work, even if the edgy recognition of the faux-naif is ever present in our minds--a kind of warning signal never to take his works too seriously, however serious their execution may be.
BOLD colouring and an individual faux-naif style mark the work of John Bentham which is now on view at the AC Gallery, Byram Street (until June 12).