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Painting of houses, backyards, and people
Marijana的作品,后院,1974

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草莓山丘的社区生活
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您听过「每幅画都会说一个故事」这句话吗
?用这句话来形容来自堪萨斯市的葛瑞斯尼科(Marijana Grisnik)的画作,真是再贴切也不过了。

葛瑞斯尼科生于1936年,是一位克罗埃西亚裔美国人,她用她的彩色画作,捕捉了堪萨斯市草莓山丘的日常生活。草莓山丘座落于峭壁上,可俯瞰堪萨斯州及密苏里河,据传它的名字来自于,曾生长于此的野草莓。

葛瑞斯尼科的作品深受克罗埃西亚艺术家的纯真朴实(naive)的风格影响;那些自学且构图简单的人,常会使这种绘画风格,您认为这幅画符合上述形容吗?

草莓山丘一区常与南斯拉夫移民联想在一起,尤其是克罗埃西亚人,他们在19世纪晚期迁徙来此,希望寻求更佳的生活机会及繁荣。就像许多的种族社区一样,草莓山丘一开始的生活,也跟原生国家的生活型态相去不远。虽然已经发生许多改变,但它仍是一个带有强烈种族色彩的社区,也是堪萨斯市境内,克罗埃西亚裔美国人的居住中心。


Do you know the expression "Every picture tells a story?" With the paintings by Marijana Grisnik of Kansas City, Kansas, that is definitely true.

Marijana Grisnik, a Croatian American born in 1936, captured everyday life with her colorful paintings of the Strawberry Hill neighborhood in Kansas City, Kansas. Strawberry Hill lies on the bluffs overlooking the Kansas and Missouri rivers, and legend has it that the name comes from the wild strawberries that once grew there.

Grisnik's work is influenced by the "naïve" artists of Croatia. The "naïve" (pronounced nye-eve) style of painting is usually practiced by someone who is self-taught and presents images in an uncomplicated way. Do you think that is true in this painting?

The area of Strawberry Hill is most closely defined with the South Slavic immigrants, especially the Croatians, who came in the late 19th century to seek greater opportunity and prosperity. As was the case for many ethnic communities, life in Strawberry Hill at first resembled life in the old country. Although many changes have occurred, it remains a strong ethnic community and a center for Croatian Americans throughout the Kansas City area.

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