Croatian Artists (02:41)
In northern Croatia, a woman plays the cymbalom. This region is the birthplace of one of the most revered naïve art movements in the world.
Hlebine, Croatia (03:36)
The town of 1,400 residents, has a high Croatian population. In the 1990s, war is a daily reality, adding context to the peaceful life of a young woman and her grandmother.
Public Gathering (04:56)
Hlebine residents prepare for a celebration; musicians rehearse, and a chicken flees an elderly cook. Folk traditions are integral to Croatian national identity, and each region has its own festivals, songs, and costumes.
Naive Art (01:49)
The art form can be found all over Croatia. An insider discusses the tradition of painting on glass, the work of Ivan Generalic, and the influence of nature.
Self-Taught Wood Carver (09:26)
A farmer and two helpers look for a tree to chop down. The farmer, who comes from a family of artists, uses a chainsaw to sculpt wood; his art reflects the harshness of rural life.
Local Agriculture (02:37)
Croatian farmers work with their hands, contrasting the increased mechanization of farming elsewhere. Produce sold at a market a few kilometers from Hlebene reflects farming practices.
Cymbalom Production (05:05)
A local wine grower also makes cymbaloms. He discusses his relationship with the musical instrument, the resurgence of its popularity, and the creation process.
Wood Art (02:56)
An man whittles delicate flowers, toys, and hats from wood. He discusses the feeling of euphoria he receives from the act of creation.
Hlebine School (02:49)
An administrator explains the history of a school that is over 100-years-old. He discusses art students, naïve paintings, and a mural by Generalic.
Drava River (05:13)
The Drava serves as a boundary between Croatia and Hungary. An artist takes a break from painting and goes fishing; he has always felt close ties to the river.
Glass Art (02:45)
A glass painter describes his creative process; the initial drafting and coloration are the most time-consuming aspects of his work. His art reflects local scenery and folklore.
Mijo Kovacic (06:54)
Many collections around the world contain paintings by the master of naïve art. Kovacic discusses inspirations, his lack of formal training, and advice from Generalic.
Credits: Croatia: The Land of the Naive (00:60)
Credits: Croatia: The Land of the Naive
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