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By Nenad N. Bach | Published  01/13/2002 | Culture And Arts | Unrated
Click Here: Crown Home PageMelissa Pintar Obenaufwww.croatiagifts.comobenaufm@alink.comToll Free: 1-877-906-8314 **CROATIAN ARTISTS** "Heart of Croatia" is pleased and honored to present to our customers the work of acclaimed Croatian artists Ivan Generalic, Miho Simunovic, and Milena Soree. Please visit us at to find out how you can become a proud owner of work by these celebrated Croatian artists. Ivan Generalic is considered by many to be the greatest Croatian naïve painter, as well as one of the greatest painters of the 20th Century in the world. Born in Hlebine, a village in the Croatian region of Podravina in 1914, Ivan Generalic sketched and painted from the time he was a small boy. Wed to his paint brush throughout his life, Generalic's explanation for why he painted was this, "Ask me why I live." Ivan Generalic painted scenes of every day life from his village. His paintings allow us to see village life from an insider's point of view. Village festivals, animals and livestock, market-days, holiday celebrations, autumn harvests, growing grapes and making wine.all became central themes in Generalic paintings. His use of color augmented his skill as an artist, turning ordinary routines of village life into extraordinary paintings. Ivan Generalic is the first painter in a long line of naïve artists from the village of Hlebine. His style, form, and content have provided the inspiration, direction, and impetus for many other heralded artists who have emerged from the Hlebine School. "Heart of Croatia" offers our customers the opportunity to purchase high quality art reproductions. Born in Omis, a town located to the south of Split, watercolorist Miho Simunovic was raised and educated in Zagreb, Croatia. As a young boy, he visited many times the town of Vela Luka on the island of Korcula, where he was inspired to capture the delicate sunlight and varied shades of the spectacular Dalmatian coast. After graduating from art school in Zagreb, Miho Simunovic first worked as a graphic designer in an advertising firm. In 1973, he moved to America and worked as an illustrator. Simunovic now lives in California where he works full-time as a professional watercolor artist. He has traveled back to Croatia many times where he travels up and down the Adriatic, painting scenes that strike his fancy. Miho Simunovic is an artist of sun and shadows, whose goal is to create atmosphere and mood through use of depth, shadow and light. He enjoys capturing the feeling of a day at a particular moment, solidifying that moment in watercolors before it disappears from the world forever.In 1992, Milena Sorée, an award-winning Croatian-American fine art photographer, went to Croatia to record the devastating events taking place and was given a chance of staying and photographing the frontline alongside a Croatian Army unit for eight months. At the end, Sorée had taken over 1300 images of which she chose 35 of the most poignant ones and exhibited them next to 35 other photographs showing peace and serenity of Old World Croatia chosen from her earlier body of work. Since then the Croatian Rose photograph has been selected by the Croatian American Association to be the "Croatian Freedom Award" because of its artistic representation of new life splendor rising out of death and decay; thus symbolizing the rebirth of the Croatian Nation. Milena Sorée has therefore dedicated a part of the sale proceeds from this poster to be donated to the FRIENDS OF VUKOVAR FUND, which is currently accepting donations for the restoration of the Home for Disabled Children in Vukovar, Croatia. Croatian Rose was first displayed in the Capitol Hill Rotunda of the United States Congress in the Spring of 1996 as part of a stunning photographic essay by Milena Sorée entitled CROATIA: WAR AND PEACE. (found under "Featured Items")distributed by CROWN - - CroWorldNet@aol.comNotice: This e-mail and the attachments are confidential information.If you are not the intended recipient of this e-mail, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution or copying of this e-mail and the attachments is strictly prohibited and violators will be held to the fullest possible extent of any applicable laws governing electronic Privacy. If you have received this e-mail in error please immediately notify the sender by telephone or e-mail, and permanently delete this e-mail and any attachments.
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