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This is a revised and expanded edition of Hartlaub's work bearing the same title, which was published in 1921. The first chapter of the earlier edition on "The Worship of the Child" has been omitted as no longer necessary. Other parts have been eliminated and many sections elaborated. A notable addition is the increased number of illustrations. These have been taken from the permanent collection of the Archives of Children's Drawings in the Mannheim Municipal Art Gallery. There are 123 in all, 52 being drawings by children from the ages of 3 to 9, 65 drawings by children from 10 to 16 years of age and 6 by persons from 17 to 22 years of age.
The purpose of the book is to reveal the development of artistic ability in children as it is manifested in drawing and painting. The author bases his study on an analysis of the series
Der Genius im Kinde. Arch NeurPsych. 1932;27(5):1271. doi:https://doi.org/10.1001/archneurpsyc.1932.02230170287013
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