World of childhood dolls


People spend childhood playing, and the traditional world of childhood is the world of toys, the world of dolls, which initially had a broader meaning than today, which does not include the ancient votive, magic application of toys. Meanwhile, the literature-centric ages, when celebrated European writers made modernized adaptations and fanciful versions of folk legends animating objects and realities (Charles Perrault, the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen), were also the time when dolls – sweet young ladies, courtly gentlemen, soldiers – took centre stage. The style of the toys on view is rich with echoes of these fairy tales and legendary ages. The figurines’ bright colours call up associations with the pristine world of the child’s imagination and naive and innocent worldview. As if oblivious of the philosophical, everyday, pragmatic elements of the process, the artist carries the viewer away into the idyllic world of play. A detached look and calm poses look natural within the given conceptual framework of passéism. These seemingly simple statuettes participate on equal terms in the process of myth creation, which affords the viewer a small pastoral niche for rest. As it was remarked long ago: “They who don’t play with toys don’t know what happiness is”.

 

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DOLL is an image of a human or an animal made of wood, paper, cloth, porcelain, plastics, papier-mâché or other materials. The origin of dolls as children’s toys can be traced down to the infancy of the human race. Over time humans invented several kinds of dolls – dolls for entertainment, for theatrical performances, for exhibitions, for souvenirs, etc. In every category, a doll’s functionality is inseparable from its aesthetic meaning, and the differences lie in the proportions of these qualities.