The Croatian "Naive" Art Movement

Zemlja. Izložba u Umjetničkom paviljonu od 4 XII - 20 XII, 1932 [The soil: an exhibition at the Art Pavilion, held December 4 until December 20, 1932].

Zagreb, [1932]. Octavo (22.8 × 15.3 cm). Original pictorial self-wrappers; [16] pp. With thirteen black and white reproductions. About very good.

Rare catalog of the "Soil" (Zemlja) group, a Croatian artists' group of mostly peasant origin which is thought to have initiated one of the most influential tendencies in modernist Croatian art, a turn to "naive art." The first exhibition of the group took place in September 1931, also at the Art Pavilion in Zagreb. The artworks are marked by a simple style, typically applied to line drrawings, although the exhibition also featured paintings and architectural projects. It appears to be inspired by German Neue Sachlichkeit and a turn toward social issues, and several of the drawings are vaguely reminiscent of the work of George Grosz.

The artists iinclude Augustincic Antun, Detoni Marijan, Hegedusic Krsto, Horvat Lavoslav, Ibler Drago, Kovacevic Edo, Pplanic Stjepan, Postruznik Oton, Radaus Vanja, and Tiljak Duro.

As of December 2020, KVK and OCLC only locate an exhibition catalog from 1934 for the group, but not the present catalog.

Book ID: 51145