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Yugoslav painter, theatrical designer, and graphic artist, born in Petrinja in Croatia. He studied at the Academy in Zagreb, 1920–26, and then in Paris, 1926–8. On his return to Yugoslavia he became the artistic and ideological leader of the group Zemlja (Earth), founded in 1929 and banned in 1935, which promoted an art of revolutionary social protest. He believed that the worn-out academicism of the day could be revitalized by direct contact with peasant life and with the genuine folk art of the people.

Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)