Village Festivals and Rites in Croatian Naive Art

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Key words
Croatian naive art, Hlebine school, Ivan Generalić, Nada Švegovic-Budai, rituals and rites, carnival, costumes and masks, holiday
Author
Sofia A. Lagranskaya
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PhD Candidate, Department of Folklore and Folk Art, State Institute for Art Studies, Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation
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DOI
https://doi.org/10.26158/TK.2021.22.2.011
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Сroatian naive art developed in the small village of Hlebine is inseparable from the rituals of village life. The bright, ornamental works of peasant artists are firmly tied not only to folk art, but also to rural life and its repetitive cycles. In the paintings of these Croatian artists specific attention is paid to the depiction of family and calendar holidays. Traditional Croatian village life has had a strong impact on the artists has served as fertile soil for the creation of bright colored painting. Elements of archaic rituals that are still preserved in the culture of the South Slavs may be seen in their works. 

The connection between naive and folk art becomes clearer as we delve deeper into it. The thinking of Croatian naive artists is archetypal in the sense that a deep mythological basis underlies certain images and themes of their work. A complex of meanings may be intuited; there is a sense of primeval nature and the fragile layer of peasant civilization. The appeal to images and symbols of agricultural rites and holidays is not just a tribute to the tradition of the Hlebine school; for artists living on the banks of the Drava it derives from an inner need to express themselves in these eternal themes of the peasant world.

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For citation

Lagranskaya S. A. Village Festivals and Rites in Croatian Naive Art. Traditional Culture. 2021. Vol. 22. No. 2. Pp. 134–142. In Russian