Two graphic maps – in the map „Ring of a Snake“ perpetuately prevails preoccupation with human deformities. The „Carrousel“ represents soulful compassion as an expression of a deeper, philosophical attitude to life. (paraphrasing foreword of the map „Carrousel“ by Zarko Domljan)

In a Snake's Ring, Josip Generalic, 1984, From the collection of: Koprivnica Town Museum - Gallery of Naive Art, Hlebine
Ring of a Snake
Physical caricature indicates moral distortions in a human being. The prevailing grotesque in which the world is distorted with nonhuman animals, masks and scarecrows, witches and diabolos. (Vladimir Malekovic, foreword to this graphic map)
Devil's Bride, Josip Generalic, 1984, From the collection of: Koprivnica Town Museum - Gallery of Naive Art, Hlebine

At the end of the seventies a new phase at the Generalic creativity has started. If at first he was obsessed with beauty, after 1978 he is beginning to emphasize the deformity.

In a Snake's Ring, Josip Generalic, 1984, From the collection of: Koprivnica Town Museum - Gallery of Naive Art, Hlebine
Rider, Josip Generalic, 1984, From the collection of: Koprivnica Town Museum - Gallery of Naive Art, Hlebine
Crime, Josip Generalic, 1984, From the collection of: Koprivnica Town Museum - Gallery of Naive Art, Hlebine
Dance of the Cruel, Josip Generalic, 1984, From the collection of: Koprivnica Town Museum - Gallery of Naive Art, Hlebine

Based on his own drama (mother's death, disagreements with his father)he began to witness the tragic sense of life. Everything becomes full of dire message, shows the reverse side of the world, animality of human nature, we see a number of bizarre erotic allusions.

Archer, Josip Generalic, 1984, From the collection of: Koprivnica Town Museum - Gallery of Naive Art, Hlebine
Greedy Woman, Josip Generalic, 1984, From the collection of: Koprivnica Town Museum - Gallery of Naive Art, Hlebine

Mocking greed and corruption, the dark human passions, emphasizes the moral outrage of the image of the tragic scenes of modern life. These are no longer symbols of dread, but depictions of horror himself, intolerable existential view.

Onion, Josip Generalic, 1987, From the collection of: Koprivnica Town Museum - Gallery of Naive Art, Hlebine
The Carrousel
Josip Generalic's graphics joined with Dragutin Feletar's poems.
The World is Spinning, Josip Generalic, 1987, From the collection of: Koprivnica Town Museum - Gallery of Naive Art, Hlebine
It is possible: I have overreacted, Josip Generalic, 1987, From the collection of: Koprivnica Town Museum - Gallery of Naive Art, Hlebine
The Eyes, Josip Generalic, 1987, From the collection of: Koprivnica Town Museum - Gallery of Naive Art, Hlebine
I would like to paint, Josip Generalic, 1987, From the collection of: Koprivnica Town Museum - Gallery of Naive Art, Hlebine
Verige, Josip Generalic, 1987, From the collection of: Koprivnica Town Museum - Gallery of Naive Art, Hlebine
For real, Josip Generalic, 1987, From the collection of: Koprivnica Town Museum - Gallery of Naive Art, Hlebine

At this stage the black is full of monstrous creatures, mutants, both human and animal features. In addition to the iconography of horror, diabolic sarcasm and irony are dominant features.

In a train to Zagreb, Josip Generalic, 1987, From the collection of: Koprivnica Town Museum - Gallery of Naive Art, Hlebine
Dark Hours, Josip Generalic, 1987, From the collection of: Koprivnica Town Museum - Gallery of Naive Art, Hlebine
Onion, Josip Generalic, 1987, From the collection of: Koprivnica Town Museum - Gallery of Naive Art, Hlebine
Four of the unborn, Josip Generalic, 1987, From the collection of: Koprivnica Town Museum - Gallery of Naive Art, Hlebine
Credits: Story

Poems: Dragutin Feletar
Curator of the exhibition: Helena Kusenic, curator, Koprivnica Town Museum - Gallery of Naive Art, Hlebine
Photographs: Tina Antolic

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