Are 8-year-old painting prodigies like Autumn de Forest proof of reincarnation?

Recent headlines talk about Autumn de Forest, who is an 8-year-old painter whose paintings have sold for as much as $250,000. Interestingly, her artwork has been described as, in turns, similar to Henri Matisse, Andy Warhol and Spanish surrealist Salvador Dali.

She is said to work in many styles, including abstract impressionism, surrealism, and pop art. She's never had formal training, but has a number of well-known 20th century painters in her family tree, including Roy De Forest (1930-2007), Lockwood de Forest (1850-1932), and George de Forest Brush (1855-1941).

Could this be evidence of reincarnation? Is the ability to paint a talent one can inherit?

Another interesting bit of information when thinking about reincarnation is that despite being only 8 years old, Autumn has an unusual attraction for vintage TV shows and old movies and music.

For this writer, what argues for reincarnation the most is how mature her art is, even when she was as young as 6 years old. Normally it takes an artist an entire lifetime to perfect their painting, and this child is able to paint stunning and lifelike faces, uses a wide pallet of color, and is able to capture emotion on the canvas better than hundreds of other painters many times her age.

Another child painter is Kieron Williamson, dubbed the "Mini Monet". Kieron, who just turned 8, has drawn collectors from as far as New York City and South Africa to his little British town of Holt. This little boy paints amazing examples of landscape and scenery. An exhibition of his paintings fetched the equivalent of $235,804 in under 30 minutes.

Speaking of her son's lovely paintings of nature, she said, "We have no garden or outside space. Perhaps he's had to create his own scenery."

Have there always been child prodigy painters or is this a new phenomenon?

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