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Croatian painters swap canvasses for giant Easter eggs

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04-14-2014 03:49 BJT

Croatian painters have been swapping their canvasses for giant eggs to celebrate Easter. The eggs, featuring colourful landscapes and other images, have been put on show in the city of Koprivnica ahead of being shown in other cities around Europe.

The eggs, featuring colourful landscapes and other images, have been put on show in the city of Koprivnica ahead of being shown in other cities around Europe.

The eggs, featuring colourful landscapes and other images, have been put on show in the city of Koprivnica ahead of being shown in other cities around Europe.

These are designer Easter eggs on a grand scale. The unusual creations - some two metres high - are the work of painters from Croatia's Podravina region, which surrounds the River Drava. Putting brush to shell, they've created all sorts of colourful images, depicting local landscapes and cultural heritage.

"We feel very fine, as we hang out together, there are four to five of us painters, and we spend time together, each of us painting one egg and that lasts for four, five, six days depending on the motifs we are painting. It's a nice time while we do all that," said painter Zlatko Steficek.

The "Egg from the Heart" project first came about in 2008, and has since developed a following in Croatia. It's also become a must-see on the tourist trail.

Croatian painters paint on giant Easter eggs in the style of "naive" painting.

Croatian painters paint on giant Easter eggs in a style called "naive" painting.

"The idea was to promote 'naive' painting, most of all for tourist purposes. We wanted to tie together the naive painting tradition and the egg painting tradition," said Zdravko Mihevc, head of Podravina Tourism Office.

"We also wanted to bring it closer to the people, so they don't have to go to galleries to see it. We thought of making giant eggs, big formats that will function well in public spaces, like town squares."

Naive art in Southeast Europe started in the early 1930s in northwestern Croatia. Self-taught and "primitive" by definition, naive artists paint landscapes, peasants, cows and roosters. The images may recall the simple renderings of a child or a neolithic cave painting in their innocence and originality.

The region's naive paintings are characterized by themes from everyday village life, of serene landscapes and bright colours.

These unique eggs are now due to go on show in cities across Europe.

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