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Synthesis and / or Realism – Mural Arts. Critical Discourses and Reception of the French Experience in Bulgaria after World War II
Synthesis and / or Realism – Mural Arts. Critical Discourses and Reception of the French Experience in Bulgaria after World War II

Author(s): Irina Genova
Subject(s): Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Visual Arts, History of Art
Published by: Институт за изследване на изкуствата, Българска академия на науките
Keywords: synthesis; realism; reality; the 1960s; Fernand Léger; Mural Arts

Summary/Abstract: The practices of mural arts have a reverse influence on the rejection of the illusory spatial representation in paintings in the exhibition halls. In this case, just as in other artistic fields since the 1960s, it has turned out that (socialist) realism is not connected with a specifically defined form but with the “significant social content”, suggested through the figurative imagery. What is important is the unformulated non-artistic requirement for loyalty to the official power. Theartistic practices de-validate the doctrine of socialist realism, its postulates and terms. The incompatibility of the notions of synthesis and (socialist) realism in the language of the official art criticism is evidence in support of this statement. The focus on the interest in French visual culture in our country in the 1960s is conditional. The case of the synthesis and / or realism relates to wide cultural territories and, without doubt, to the countries with communist rule. However, the French visual culture, especially in the years of the left rule, is an important reference for the artistic practices East of the Iron Curtain.

  • Issue Year: 2022
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 38-47
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: English