| Croatian Naive Art |
Art Through the eye of a Croatian Cowherd and Peasant
When they speak of Eastern Europe's naive art, people usually have in mind the village of
Hlebine in the republic of
Croatia near the Drava River, not far from the
Hungarian border, lost most of the year in the mist of the Podravina lowlands.
In this little place
amounting to a few muddy winding streets and one-story houses, a son, Ivan,
to a poor peasant couple, Mate and Terezjija Generalic, on 21 December, 1914.
At that time, virtually no one had even heard of the village of Hlebine, shrouded in the mist of the Drava plains. The
Generalic family lived in an old house plastered over with mud and thatched with straw.
windows the house boasted looked out on a large pond complete with dipping geese and wallowing pigs, making an
unbearable noise." The description is Ivan Generalic's, made after he had become famous, and it
projects a typical picture of the peasant houses and barnyards in most of the Drava River area.
Funerals, weddings, churche processions, fairs, work in the fields customs, beliefs and superstitions, nature in the various seasons of the year, all these together make up a mosaic of life as it has been lived on the land since time