Studies: Babies Prefer Picasso to Monet
Picasso's Landscape of Juan-les-pin
A series of five experiments involving 9-month-olds in Switzerland revealed that the babies preferred the Spanish artist Pablo Picasso over the French impressionist Claude Monet. As MSNBC reports:
Another one of the experiments, which were all published in the journal Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, presented babies with black-and-white versions of Picasso's and Monet's paintings. Again, the babies preferred Picasso's work, surprising researchers who had theorized that the artist's color palettes had influenced the preferences.
Researchers concluded that it's the sharp contrasts of Picasso's paintings, as compared to Monet's softer, more fluid imagery, that stimulated the babies. Parents might look for bright-contrast toys to keep their own babies interested in things for longer.
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