In 1974 we were in Paris for a few days and went to an exhibtion that included work by John DeAndrea similar to this work. There was one figure that was leaning on the edge of a desk.

My youngest, age 3 at the time walked under the leaning figure and exclaimed, “She didn’t wipe her butt!” There was a portion of the figure that was not colored a skin tone and only a 3 year would have the vantage point to see it.

During the rest of the time we were in the museum there was a trail of people following my 3 year old daughter waiting for her comments on the Art.

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3 Responses to ““She didn’t wipe her butt” 1974”


  1. 1 Scotty November 19, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    Magic is hardest to perform in front of a child because they have no preconcieved ideas. As artist we should pay more attention to the kids and less to the art experts

  2. 2 Praveen Nair January 1, 2010 at 9:54 am

    Am reading a book by Howard Gardener – Art, Mind, Brain. He explains the perceptions of art by children. Children are straight and mechanistic he says 🙂

  3. 3 Lydia Zerne October 17, 2011 at 3:21 am

    Funny, I am ready my father’s site after his recent death and come across something he wrote about my view of art during our trip to Europe- one of our great times. Now days, I would know to say, “HE missed a spot,” rather than blaming the model. 🙂


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