The first History of Bulgarian Fine Arts has been published. The epoch-making work with texts by the great art critic Kiril Krastev (1904-1991) includes his research in this field, which covers the period from Antiquity to the end of the twentieth century.
The coryphaeus worked on such a project all his life, accumulating thousands of pages of materials, but never managed to collect them in a complete edition.
The luxury volume “History of Bulgarian Fine Arts” was published 30 years after Krastev’s death, thanks to the compiler Ivo Milev, List Publishing House and the support of the Sofia Municipality.
The 528-page large-format edition includes the life and professional stories of at least 100 artists and nearly 800 color images and reproductions of works of art provided by state galleries and private collections.
The volume offers an exciting journey between epochs, masters and works.
Readers will encounter artifacts from Antiquity and works from the Middle Ages, with the works of the Boyana and Zemen masters, Ioanikii Pope Vitanov, Nikola Obrazopisov, Nikolai Pavlovich and Stanislav Dospevski, Ivan Markvichka, Anton Mitov and Yaroslav Veshin; with Asen Belkovski, Boris Denev, Danail Dechev and Nikola Marinov, with Georgi Mashev and Boris Georgiev, with Sirak Skitnik, Nikolay Raynov, Ivan Milev, Ivan Penkov, Vladimir Dimitrov-Maistora. The life and paintings of Zlatyu Boyadzhiev, Tsanko Lavrenov, Vasil Stoilov, Ivan Shoshkov are also here, as well as Bencho Oreshkov, Kiril Tsonev, Ivan Nenov, Vera Nedkova, Vera Lukova, Bronka Gyurova, Dechko Uzunov. Chapters of the New Bulgarian eclecticism from the 1930s and 1940s are dedicated; of the April style in art with its representatives Svetlin Rusev, Teofan Sokerov, Encho Pironkov, Emil Stoychev, Yordan Katsamunski, Alexander Petrov, Milka Peykova.
Bulgarian watercolor painting, sculpture, applied arts are examined.