| Croatian! Modern Primitive|
Art of Peasants and Buttonmakers
|In the summer of 1969, in a suburb of Novi Sad, Emerik Fejes, buttonmaker
and combmaker, died in his sixty-fifth year in a meagre setting differing radically from the
luxury he created in his works. His dream of travelling was never fulfiled so, afflicted by
sciatica and asthma, he took trips the only way he could with the help
of the postcards he collected.|
Apart from the buttons and combs made by him in his small flat, he left behind several hundred paintings on paper showing the rich fašades and squares of well-known European and overseas cities.
Dragisa Bunjevacki of Novi Becej, café
musician, circus worker, a man without a home or any financial means, was in many ways
an unusual phenomenon among naive artists. Asked why he did not own a bed, he
replied: " Why should I? The minute I
purchased one, life would have passed." He died in 1983.
| Franjo Mraz was born in Hlebine.
After his elementary schooling, he farmed until the Second World War.
When twelve years old, he received a gift of watercolors; this event marked the beginning of his
work as a painter, in which he preserved tirelessly until his death.
"My mother once sent me to town to pay a tax. I passed by a shop window with paints and paper and
bought them, as I could no longer live without them. Of course, I did not pay
the tax. When my mother found out, she complained to her neighbours, who
paid their taxes regularly, and they said I would be a wanderer, never a real man.
They were right about the first, and I sometimes wonder if it wouldn't have been better for me to have
remained a peasant. When I went out into the field, I always carried a tablet and
drew while the cows slowly pulled the cart. Sometimes it took me two hours to get to the field.
During that time, I used to look around, and while the cart creaked along, I sat in it drawing, without
a care in the world"|
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