A group of artists--originally Croatian peasant farmers--gathered in Ljubljana, Yugoslavia, on Sunday (13 January) for an exhibition of their 'naive' style of painting.
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CU PAN Child looks at sculpture
CU Sculpture of farm labourer
CU ZOOM OUT Painting of woman with child in tent during winter
CU Cow grazing on farmland
CU ZOOM IN Fisherman by pond
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CU Moses picture
SV People look at paintings
CU People look at Eiffel Tower painting
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CU Couple look at crucifixion trio of paintings
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Background: A group of artists--originally Croatian peasant farmers--gathered in Ljubljana, Yugoslavia, on Sunday (13 January) for an exhibition of their 'naive' style of painting.
The group now includes some of the world's best paid artists. One exhibit, called 'Snow Falling' by Ivan Generalic, is worth at least US $200,000 (about 90,000 pounds Sterling). It is a trio of paintings depicting the crucifixion and was originally to have been presented to the Pope. Another picture, by Vecenaj entitled "Moses", was sold for US $20,000 (about 9,000 pounds Sterling).
The exhibition is called "Hlebine Autumn '73" because most of the artists come from the small Croatian village of Hlebine. The exhibition consists of oil paintings on glass, and wooden sculptures.
All of the Hlebine artists are self-taught. They held their first exhibition in Zagreb a little over 40 years ago. Foreigners buy most of the paintings as local collectors cannot afford them. But naive art has become very popular in Yugoslavia and works by less famous artists sell well.